Board Members

Matthew D. Shank, Ph.D.


Dr. Shank is the President of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC). Prior to this he served as the interim President of the World Affairs Council – DC and became Marymount University’s sixth president in July 2011 and stepped down to become President Emeritus in June 2018. He currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards including: Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network, Dream Project, Leadership Center for Excellence, Northern Virginia Community College Foundation, 4Stay, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Dr. Shank has published numerous articles, presented at many conferences, and is the author of the book Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective (5th Edition). He has consulted with over 75 organizations in the areas of marketing research, strategic planning, and marketing strategy. Matt and his wife Lynne have twin ’07 daughters (Grace – ECNL and Olivia – Rec) who both reap the many and varied benefits of MYSA.