Matthew Derr is President of Sterling College in Vermont, one of the leading voices in for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. Sterling was one of the first colleges in the United States to focus on conservation ecology, outdoor education, and sustainable agriculture.
Derr has been a visiting fellow with the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and was Interim President of Antioch College, where he led an alumni effort to revitalize the college. At Antioch, he initiated the development of a curriculum focused on global issues associated with food, water, health, energy, and governance and was awarded a Council for Advancement and Support of Education Chief Executive of the Year award for his efforts at Antioch.
Derr's professional life has included leadership roles in secondary and higher education, and he has been a frequent consultant to colleges and universities. His research interests and activism focuses on community organizing, global higher education, food systems, and LGBTQ civil rights.
He holds a B.A. in History from Antioch College, an M.S.W. in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan, and has further studies at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University.