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Matthews to deliver commencement address Dec. 14 at Appalachian

BOONE—Dr. Anne L. Matthews, vice president of Rotary International, will be the guest speaker for December graduation at Appalachian State University.

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Matthews will address graduates of the Reich College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. She will speak to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Walker College of Business, Hayes School of Music and the College of Health Sciences at a 2 p.m. ceremony, also in the Holmes Center.

Matthews has a bachelor’s degree from Coker College, a master’s degree from Appalachian’s Walker College of Business and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm in Columbia, S.C. She has taught business courses at the high school, technical college and university levels. She is a former director for the South Carolina Department of Education.

A Rotarian since 1989, Matthews has served Rotary International as a Rotary Foundation trustee, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary International president’s representative, lead seminar trainer, Rotary International training leader and district governor.

In 2013, she was elected the first woman vice president of Rotary International.