Alumnus selected as UNG’s next Commandant of Cadets

Col. Joseph Matthews, a military intelligence officer and 1994 graduate of UNG, has been hired as the university’s Commandant of Cadets.

Dr. James Conneely, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at UNG, announced the hiring.

“In addition to Col. Matthews’ 26 years of military service and leadership experience, he brings to the position enormous dedication and passion to our cadets’ success. I am confident that his leadership will continue the positive momentum established by retired Col. Tom Palmer and our Corps of Cadets,” Conneely said. “Matthews’ background and experience in military intelligence will be an asset as we continue to build our cyber and strategic studies programs, and he is enthusiastic about our language programs and global engagement opportunities for cadets.”

Matthews currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2), 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. He and his wife Sarah, a 1995 alumna, have three children: Alaina, who is a freshman at UNG, and Mary and David, who attend schools in Hawaii.

“I feel this is a great opportunity to give back to the university and Corps of Cadets; they gave so much to my wife and I when we were students in Dahlonega,” Matthews said. “This is truly a dream come true. Now, after 26 years of military service, I look forward to continuing to serve our country by helping mold the next generation of UNG cadets into great leaders in our Army and society.”