Matthew L. Bishop, Ph.D., Coordinator of Operations
Dr. Matt Bishop currently serves as the Coordinator of Operations for the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership. In this capacity, he manages Archway operations at the state level while directing faculty and overseeing local operations in Clayton County in the metro Atlanta region, Hawkinsville-Pulaski County in middle Georgia, and Americus-Sumter County in southwest Georgia.
Matt holds the rank of Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia and has an extensive background in community economic development, local government visioning, strategic planning, and group facilitation processes. Prior to his appointment with the Archway Partnership, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute where he served as lead faculty for the statewide Communities of Opportunity Initiative and the University of Georgia’s Initiative on Poverty and the Economy.
Matt is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the statewide Community Developers Forum, and the State 4-H Advisory Committee. He is a 2007 graduate of L.E.A.D. Athens, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Georgia, and presently serves on Leadership Georgia’s Board of Trustees.
Before his appointment with the University of Georgia, Matt served two governors as Associate Director of the Georgia Rural Development Council, as a regional coordinator with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and as an analyst with the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. He is former chairman of the Celebrating Rural Georgia conference, and a former board member of the Georgia Rural Health Association.
Matt resides in Athens with his wife Natalie, a pre-K teacher, and their two children, Abigale and Jimmy. He is very active in the community where he presently serves on the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST 2011 Citizens Advisory Committee and provides leadership to his homeowners association where he serves as President.
Matt is a “Double Dawg” having received both his Ph.D. and M.P.A. from the University of Georgia. He also holds a B.A. in political science from Presbyterian College.
Matthew L. Bishop, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Operations
325 Hoke Smith Bldg
Athens, GA 30602