Alumni Spotlight - Matt Walters

Matt Walters has been a communications writer and editor at Gardner-Webb University since 2010, and was named assistant director for Executive Communications in 2011. In that role, he provides writing and editing support for GWU President Frank Bonner, writing dozens of letters, speeches, magazine articles and Op-Ed pieces each year. He serves as associate editor of the Gardner-Webb Magazine, lead writer for GWU’s online news center, and a public relations spokesperson for the University. He also teaches writing and literature survey courses in the English and communication studies departments.

 

Matt graduated in 2010 with a master’s in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he specialized in 19th and 20th century American literature and won prestigious Hodges Awards for Excellence for teaching and for work in the writing center. The highlight of his teaching career has been designing an inquiry course called "War and Representation," during which his students analyzed original handwritten Civil War letters. Matt also holds a bachelor’s in English from Gardner-Webb (’08).

 

Matt volunteers as communications director for Broad River Community Church in Boiling Springs, N.C. He also serves on the boards of directors for both Gardner-Webb’s Alumni Association and the College News Association of the Carolinas.

He and his wife, Lindsay (GWU ’08 – nursing), are the proud and sleepless parents of newborn son Luke, born January 18, 2012!