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Prakash Mathew Joins Foundation's Board of Directors

The FM Area Foundation is honored to welcome Prakash Mathew as the newest member of the Board of Directors.

Prakash Mathew served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at North Dakota State University (NDSU) from 2006-2014. He retired after 38 years of service in student affairs and currently serves as Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs. As the Vice President, he oversaw 23 departments and programs, over 370 staff and 850 graduate and undergraduate student employees, and advocated on behalf of over 14,500 students. Prakash played a key role in bringing student issues and concerns to the forefront. Throughout his career, and even into retirement, students remain the central focus of his work.

Upon his retirement in July of 2014, he served as the Interim Director of Athletics at NDSU. In this role, he was responsible for maintaining both the academic and competitive accomplishments of the overall athletic program.

He provided leadership in the Student Affairs profession at the state, regional, and national levels. He served on the Executive Committee for the Council of Student Affairs for APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities). He also served NASPA (National Association of Student Affairs Administrators) and the student affairs profession as a member of the NASPA Foundation, the National Board of Directors, and as a regional Vice President.

Since 1976, Prakash has held positions at NDSU and Mankato State University (1990-1994). His positions included graduate assistant, Hall Director, Director of Residence Life, Associate Dean, Dean of Student Life, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

Prakash has received numerous awards from national, regional, and local organizations. These awards include NDSU Athletics Bison Impact Award in 2015, NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean in 2015, NASPA James J. Rhatigan Outstanding Dean Award in 2014, the NDSU Blue Key Doctor of Service Award in 1996, the Bill Sweet Distinguished Service Award in 2000, the NASPA “Pillar of the Profession” in 2009, and the NASPA Region IV West Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Prakash played an active role in Bison athletics by serving as the Chair of the NCAA transition to Division-1 Athletics certification process in 2006. Among his many special interests, Prakash has made numerous presentations in the areas of leadership, servant leadership, organizational change, and planning processes.

Prakash earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Rural Sociology from Allahabad Agricultural Institute in India and his Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from NDSU in 1976. 

In the Fargo-Moorhead community, Prakash is actively involved with his church and supports many philanthropic causes. He is currently serving on the Thrivent Member Network Region Board of Directors. He has provided leadership in many organizations including serving as past president of the Fargo Public Library. Prakash is the proud parent of two sons, Trevor and Christopher.

Welcome, Prakash!