years and a priest for 54, Fr. Mathias was president of St.
Bonaventure from 1975 to 1990, the third-longest presiden-
tial tenure in university history.
hand on the wheel kept the univer-
sity moving forward while integrat-
ing new demands and welcoming
new generations," said Sr. Margaret
Carney, O.S.F., university president.
"The fact that Matt was happy to
live out his days at Siena says much
about his commitment to higher ed-
ucation. I was always grateful for his
warm welcome and supportive
appointed its first lay leaders. Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan
mountain retreat in Allegany County, was established. Christ
the King Seminary had just moved in 1974 from Francis Hall to
East Aurora. Athletics moved to Division I in all 14 sports.
observatory, and an addition to Plassmann Hall.
ties of enrollment and finances kept Fr. Matt focused on
keeping the university in good institutional health," Sr. Mar-
Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province, on July 14, 1956.
He was ordained to the priesthood in Washington on March
17, 1962. He received his master's degree from Catholic Uni-
versity of America in Washington in 1965, and completed his
Ph.D. in political science from Notre Dame University in 1968.
1968 to 1975. In 1975, Fr. Mathias was elected the 17th
president of St. Bonaventure. The youngest friar ever se-
lected for the position, his 15-year term in office is exceeded
only by that of Fr. Thomas Plassmann, O.F.M., who served 29
years, and Fr. Joseph Butler, O.F.M., who served 24 years.
Doyle Hall on campus is named after him.
opment (AID) in Washington, D.C. He was also special
consultant to the office of Congressman Amory Houghton.
he returned to St. Bonaventure as professor of political sci-
ence and served in that capacity for the next seven years.
Nov. 25, 2015.
where, at one time, he was the
youngest college president in the
United States, and where he served
for 16 years. The Maryland State
Senate recognized his "exemplary
leadership" during his tenure at the
Mount. He also served as president
of the Princeton Adult School and
was an assistant professor at Prince-
ton University in New Jersey, where
he taught for seven years.
in turning that around created both support for his leader-
ship and criticism of his means of fulfilling that need," said
University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
fulness and to welcome new faculty in whom he saw a
bright future. I hope that he has found the great peace that
is the promise of God, whom he sought to serve through-
out his life," she said.
his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. Benedict's Col-
lege and Abbey in Atchison, Kan., in 1965.
poems of George Herbert.
and devoted his life to preserving and enhancing the repu-
tation of John Milton.
olina. Its special focus on illustrated editions makes it per-
haps the most comprehensive collection ever of Milton
illustration, from the first illustrated edition of "Paradise
Lost" (1688) through all the major illustrators that follow.
Descriptive Account with Illustrations," was published in
Catholic education and scholarship, which was in evidence
as he sought to support regional Catholic high schools dur-
ing his term as president.