1155 East Greenhill Road
Smithville, TN 37166
Matthew Hibdon is from McMinnville, Tennessee and began his undergraduate career at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2008. In May 2012, he received a B.A. in History with a minor in Leadership Studies. Matthew is currently a Masters Candidate at MTSU where he is in pursuit of a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision with a Specialization in Higher Education.
Matthew was initiated as a charter member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle of MTSU in April 2010. During his two year term, he helped create signature events and service projects for ODK. In 2011, the Circle received a Clay Grant for “ODK’s True Blue Leadership Day” which highlighted the ideals of ODK and MTSU’s True Blue Pledge. Matthew attended the 2011 Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow (CLT2) Program and was a delegate to the 2012 ODK National Leadership Summit and Convention. He was also named as a 2012 ODK Foundation Scholar and the 2012 MTSU Circle Leader of the Year.
In August 2011, Matthew completed the requirements to graduate from the University Honors College by successfully defending his thesis. The thesis is a creative project entitled “McMinnville in the Civil War: Life Under Occupation as Observed by L. Virginia French.” It consists of a five panel museum exhibit that is now on permanent display in his hometown and a written component that addresses his methodology for the project. Matthew also received Honors credit for two study abroad courses. His courses took him to England, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany.
In addition to his coursework, Matthew was heavily involved in extracurricular activities on campus. He served on the Student Government Association as a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts, a Justice on the Court of Traffic Appeals, and as a member of the Homecoming Committee. He also served the University in the following capacities: History Department Undergraduate Advisory Committee, Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board, Honors Council, Distinguished Lecture Committee, University Traffic Committee, International Education and Exchange Committee, and the Student Advisory Committee for International Affairs. Matthew was named the 2012 Outstanding Student in Leadership Studies at MTSU.
Matthew’s work in five on-campus offices inspired his decision to pursue a career in higher education. He served as a Student Orientation Assistant in the Office of New Student and Family Programs where he led new students and their families through the CUSTOMS Orientation Program. Matthew also worked as a student assistant in the Albert Gore Research Center, the Office of Transfer Student Services, the University College Advising Center, and the Scheduling Center.
Outside of MTSU, Matthew also serves as a volunteer with two youth development programs, 4-H and National History Day. His work as a 4-H Adult Volunteer Leader ranges from the local, regional, state, and national levels of the organization. Matthew also works with the MTSU History Department and the Tennessee Historical Society to coordinate regional and state level National History Day competitions. He feels very blessed to give back to these organizations that helped shape his life and is thrilled to be serving on the ODK National Advisory Council.