Gund Internal Steering Committee, Dean of the Rubenstein School

Dr. Nancy Mathews leads the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, serving as its Dean since 2014. Previous to this position, Dean Mathews spent nearly 20 years as Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service from 2010-2014, chair of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development program from 2009-2010, and director of the 10-year Reaccreditation for the University from 2007-2009.

Prior to her move to UW-Madison in 1995, she served as the Assistant Unit Leader for the USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech University. Dr. Mathews received her B.S. in biology from Penn State in 1980 and her M.S. in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1989 from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with post-doctoral training at the University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Dr. Mathews has published widely in the field of wildlife ecology and specializes in conservation biology and animal behavior, with a particular expertise in white-tailed deer behavior and chronic wasting disease.

In addition to her administrative leadership, she served on the board of directors of the International Crane Foundation for nine years, as an elected Trustee to the Higher Learning Commission, and as a Fellow in the CIC Academic Leadership Program. Dean Mathews’ leadership of the Rubenstein School has focused on building academic excellence, with an enduring commitment to environmental justice, to prepare students to lead in a rapidly changing world.

Portrait of Nancy Matthews

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Wildlife ecology, conservation biology, civic engagement, community engaged scholarship


  • Ph.D., Ecology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • M.S., Wildlife Ecology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • B.S., Biology, Pennsylvania State University


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