Ronald H. Matson is a professor of Biology, and Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. A native of Los Angeles, California, he received his BS degree in Zoology and his MS degree in Biology from California State University, Long Beach. His Ph.D. in Biology was earned at UCLA. After leaving UCLA, Dr. Matson did a two year post-doc at the University of Alabama studying the population genetics and phylogenetics of freshwater fishes. He moved to Kennesaw State University in 1989 where he has taught Environmental science, Introductory Ecology & Evolution, as well as upper-level courses in Evolution, the Biology of Dinosaurs, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, and Vertebrate Zoology. His professional publications and presentations are primarily in the areas of vertebrate evolution and systematics. He received several awards for student advising including a NACADA Outstanding Advisor Award.
Dr. Matson's administrative experience began in 1993 when he served as Assistant Chair of Biology. He was chair of the Department of Biology and Physics from 2002 until 2010 and served as Interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics from July 2010 until July 2012. In these positions, he served on a wide array of committees and helped to lead the development of the MS in Integrative Biology as well as the building of the Laboratory Science Addition. As Dean, he championed the changes leading to the creation of the Department of Computer Science, revisions in Tenure and Promotion guidelines, as well as the development of several new degree programs. He assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Faculty in July 2012 and that of Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2017. He also served as interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in late 2018 and early 2019.