Matt Trainum

Vice President for Networks and Strategic Partnerships, Council of Independent Colleges

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Matthew (​Matt) Trainum is the vice president for networks and strategic partnerships at the Council of Independent Colleges. In this role, Trainum focuses on strengthening CIC’s current networks (including Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community, Online Course Sharing Consortium, NetVUE, the Tuition Exchange Program, and the State Council Network) and exploring new opportunities for CIC members. Industry partners and CIC members seek out Trainum for discussions around networks and partnerships that advance the collective success of independent higher education.

Trainum previously was a senior consultant for strategy at Credo, a higher education consulting firm focused on strategy and student success by transforming student outcomes. Before Credo, he served in multiple leadership roles at the George Washington University and as adjunct faculty at American University. Trainum has a bachelor’s degree in history from James Madison University, master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University and a doctorate from GWU in human and organizational learning with a focus on disruptive innovation, and how leadership teams manage through tumultuous change.