Meet David Matthews'71
Alumni Board Member
What is your current occupation?
After a fifteen-year consulting career and a twenty-five year career in financial services technology and operations management, I switched careers and joined the not-for-profit National Restaurant Association as a senior executive. It is an appropriate cyclical end to my career, working for a trade association that represents almost a million restaurants and 13 million restaurant employees in an advocacy and support role.
What was your major and how has that played out into your life today?
I was a history major at Beloit and while I can ascribe no practical value to my degree, it provides me a unique perspective in the business world. It generated the seeds that nurtured my love for travel and my constant awareness of great civilizations that proceeded on a troubled world. I learned the art of story telling from Bob Irmann and Bob Hodge, and the beauty of the classics from Art Robson. In the turmoil and strife of modern life, history has remained a grounding influence.
Tell us your favorite Beloit memory.
Studying while laying in the leaves amongst the Indian Mounds on a crisp Fall day.
What is your favorite alumni event?
Any time I meet an alumni anywhere and we discuss ancient times and events.
What do you consider your greatest achievement that Beloit has played a part in?
Given I'm a product of the 60s college generation, that I made it through Beloit in one piece, of sound mind, without a criminal record and disease-free and went on to become a functioning, law-abiding liberal member of society is a great achievement in itself. Beloit prepared me for life; I couldn't ask for a better education.
Why do you support Beloit College?
I have to give my money somewhere. Why not to an institution that played a critical role in my maturation and by some small chance, help it to replicate that impact again with others in the future.
What do you hope to accomplish on the Alumni Board?
I'd like to give back to the College staff and the Alumni Board is a good toe in the pool and a way to reconnect in a positive and supportive manner.
Any advice you have for current students?
Be true to yourself. Be honest and enjoy your college years. Later in life, no one will either ask or care what college you attended. But you will care about how Beloit shaped you and you will care about the depth and breadth of the friendships you forged while attending Beloit.