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College hires alum as president

December 7, 2018
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Matthew Scogin
Matthew Scogin. Courtesy Hope College

A college in the region has selected its next president.

Holland-based Hope College said today its 14th president will be Matthew Scogin, effective July 1.

At 39, Scogin ties founding president Philip Phelps as the college’s youngest president.

Financial industry background

Since 2014, Scogin has been chief administrative officer at the New York-based global financial advisory firm Perella Weinberg Partners, where he oversees operations, strategy, corporate services, human resources and communications at the firm, which has 11 offices around the world.

Previously, Scogin spent five years as SVP and chief of staff at New York-based NYSE Euronext, a 3,000-employee company that ran the New York Stock Exchange and five exchanges in Europe. He was a key strategist for the company and principal advisor to the CEO.

He has also served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the CEO at Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Public sector background

Before working in the private sector, Scogin held several other public sector roles: senior advisor for domestic finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury; fiscal policy advisor to the governor of Massachusetts; legislative director for a Michigan state representative; and intern at the White House, while participating in Hope College’s Washington Honors Semester.

In the community

Scogin received the U.S. Treasury Department Exceptional Service Award in 2008, was one of 19 New York leaders to be named a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City in 2013 and received a Young Alumni Award from Hope College in 2014.

Scogin also volunteers for several organizations: board member, Restore NYC; board member, SIFMA Foundation for Financial Education; CFO and lay pastor, Lower Manhattan Community Church; and board member, Hope College.


He has a B.A. in political science and economics from Hope College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

After finishing graduate school, Scogin was a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow in Germany, studying unemployment and labor market policy. He has published several articles on issues related to public policy and finance.

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