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Seasoned Educator Appointed as Chairman of the Board

An Educator to Lead the Board

Published March 6, 2018 in News

The Clarks Summit University Board of Trustees works hard to support, encourage and move the institution forward. At the January meetings, a new chairman of the Board was appointed to assist the university in preparing Christ-centered, career-ready graduates.

Meet Matt Calderón

Matt Calderón has served in education for 25 years, currently as the Pembroke Central School District superintendent. He has earned Master of Science in Education degrees from Brockport State College and Canisius College with a focus on school administration and supervision and school district leadership.

He and his wife Nickie have been actively serving in local church ministry for over 20 years, most recently at Grace Baptist Church in Batavia, New York. The eldest of their seven children is currently a freshman at CSU.

What he Brings to the Table

Don Shirk, Calderón’s pastor and former chairman of the Board, has this to say regarding Calderón, “He understands the many dynamics of academic administration from budgeting to hiring and has a proven track record in his current role.” Shirk adds, “He also understands the rapid pace of change in the education industry and will prove to be an asset to the Board and the administration helping facilitate needed adjustments when new paradigms are called for.”

Calderón is invested in seeing CSU flourish. “There is nothing I want more than for my daughter to graduate from CSU with a Christ-centered worldview that was nurtured by all of the God-loving people that work there, and for her to be ready to humbly and passionately serve Christ in the relevant career she has chosen,” Calderón asserts. “By extension, I want the same for every on-campus and online student who chooses CSU.”

Looking Forward

Calderón has quickly come to learn the administrative team is resilient, creative, focused and forward-thinking. In addition, the faculty and staff love God dearly and work tirelessly to invest in the lives of all the students. Calderón believes that while culture changes, God and His Word are never changing. In the same way, he believes “CSU will never waiver from its strong roots of teaching and proclaiming the Bible as God’s truth; yet it is becoming vibrantly more relevant to a new generation of learners that need a variety of options and different approaches to obtain their education.”

Calderón brings leadership qualities, people skills and an understanding of the organizational process. His strong work ethic will do much in facilitating Board initiatives. Shirk adds “I believe God has uniquely equipped Matt for ‘such a time as this’ to help lead CSU in its mission of preparing Christ-centered, career-ready servants for the harvest of eternity.”


Julie Wilson (’96, ’18), is a Communications-Writing major from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

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