Matt Baughman - Associate Director
Matt Baughman joined the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute as its development officer on July 1, 1998. He was named assistant director in February 2005 following an administrative restructuring. Following a five month stint as interim director after the retirement of Mike Lawrence, Matt became the institute’s associate director in 2009.
Matt has served as an integral part of the planning and implementation of many of the institute's initiatives and projects and has served as the point person for campus visits by notable guests. His management duties include overseeing the Institute’s day-to-day operations, executing plans for events and special projects, budget matters, personnel issues and to lead fund raising efforts.
At its inception in 1997, Paul Simon established a goal of building a $10 million endowment for the institute. In 2008, the institute director announced that target was met through gifts, grants, pledges, estate plan commitments and investment growth. Fundraising for new projects continues to assure the future of the Simon Institute.
Upon the death of Paul Simon in December 2003, Matt worked closely with the Simon family to spearhead the planning of Simon's funeral--one of the largest in Illinois history with attendance by some 5,000 people and statewide and national broadcasts.
In 2001, Matt participated in Southern Illinois University's mission trip to Cuba and was among a small group with Senator Simon that met for six hours with Fidel Castro to discuss U.S.-Cuban relations. Since 2011, Matt’s focus has been to oversee a research project on SIUC’s first African American male student, Alexander Lane. Lane was born a slave but became an educator, physician and state legislature, dying in 1911. The result has been the publication of a biographical paper on Dr. Lane and the creation of an internship in his honor for students interested in pursuing a career in government and public service.
A graduate of Illinois College, Matt was honored by that institution by being named its Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In 2009, Matt received the Young Alumnus of the Year Award from Illinois College. He also earned an MBA from SIU Carbondale in 1997.
In 1994, Matt was selected for the prestigious Dunn Fellowship Program, spending a full year working in the press office of Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. Before joining the Institute, Matt was with the Executive Development Center at the University of Central Florida near Orlando.
Matt’s wife Angie is a two degree alumna of SIUC, and serves as pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Vergennes, IL. They reside in Carbondale with their sons Alex and Josh.
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