Matt Banfield, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia, received his B.A. in Theatre Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Virginia Tech, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from UVA. In his role as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, Matt has responsibility for various policy and programmatic functions of the provost's office. He is the provost's office representative to the University's Policy Review Committee and represents the University in several advisory capacities before the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additionally, as chair of the provost's undergraduate and graduate policy advisory committees, Matt serves as a liaison to the schools in the creation of academic policy. Matt also directs the University Seminars program, 4-VA at UVA, and coordinates efforts related to implementation of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
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 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.