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Dr. Matt Spraker

Vice President for Student Life




Professional Experience

Vice President for Student Life, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2022 to present

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Director of Student Engagement and Leadership March 2020-2022

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Associate Dean of Students for Community Life July 2009-March 2020
  • Resident Director July 2006 – July 2009
  • Coordinator of Commuting Student Services July 2008 – July 2009
  • Adjunct, Leadership Paradigms, LDR 2100
  • Adjunct, Destructive Leaders and Dysfunctional Teams, LDR 3100
  • Adjunct, Life Calling and Purpose, INT 1100


  • College Student Wellbeing, Trauma, and Resistance Certificate, Florida State University, 2021
  • Student Affairs Assessment Certificate, National Louis University, 2021
  • Post-Crisis Hospitality Management Certificate, University of South Florida Muma College of Business, 2021
  • COVID-19 Testing on College Campuses Certificate, Harvard Medical School, 2020
  • Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate, USF Corporate Training and Professional Education, 2020
  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health, 2019
  • Sexual Assault First Response, The Sexual Assault Center, 2016, 2017
  • Certification: Incident Command System ICS-100 for Higher Education, Emergency Management Institute, 2014
  • SACS-COC Annual Meeting Young Professionals Scholarship Recipient, 2013
  • NASPA New Professionals Institute, 2011
  • NASPA Leadership Educators Institute, 2009

Awards and Recognitions

  • Honoree, Wall of Tolerance Montgomery, Alabama, 2016


  • Matt Spraker, Zack Church. Commuters to Community: The Importance of Belonging. Association of Christians in Student Development Annual Conference, Wheaton, Illinois, 2019
  • Matt Spraker, Strategic Planning and Student Leadership. Nazarene Student Leadership Conference, Calgary AB, Canada, 2011


  • Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership and Management, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia (2018)
  • Dissertation: An Analysis of Expenditures in Student Affairs and Graduation Rates
  • M.A., in Theological Studies, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee (2009)
  • B.A. in Business Administration, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee (1998)

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