Matt Banfield, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia, has responsibility for various policy and programmatic functions of the provost's office. He directs the University Seminars program, the 4-VA at UVA initiative, and coordinates efforts related to implementation of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Matt is the provost's office representative to the University's Policy Review Committee, and through his work with the Undergraduate and Graduate Policy Committees serves as a liaison to the schools in the creation of academic policy. Additionally, Matt represents the University in several advisory capacities before the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Prior to joining UVA, Matt worked as a senior public affairs advisor in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office, where he worked with a wide variety of clients in pursuit of their federal legislative, regulatory, and funding priorities.
At Holland & Knight, Matt developed his federal advocacy practice around large-scale coalition style clients, institutions of higher education, and local government/municipal entities. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Matt served in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as well as a Washington, D.C. area public affairs firm.
Matt earned an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Virginia Tech. Matt is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, a member of the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center Board of Directors, a member of his local political party's committee, and is a member of the William Preston Society at Virginia Tech. Matt is a 2018 graduate of the Sorensen Institute's Political Leaders Program and a 2021 participant in the Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) program at UVA.