Matthew Butler

Senior Director of Military and Veterans’​ Services
Fordham University Office of Military and Veterans’ Services

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Matthew Butler is from Frankfort, Indiana, and attended the Herron School of Art on a fine art scholarship before enlisting in the Marine Corps in May 1994. He was assigned as a Combat Correspondent and attended the Defense Information School, where he studied basic journalism, photojournalism, and military public relations.

He is a combat veteran who has been deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, Helmond Province, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and South America. 

Matt’s decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Humanitarian Assistance Medals for responding to humanitarian crises in Djibouti and Kenya on two separate occasions. 

After retiring from the Marines in October 2014, Matt completed his undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership and minored in Communications from Fordham University. He is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership at Fordham.

Matt is the Senior Director of Military and Veterans’ Services at Fordham University. He leads the Office of Military and Veterans’ Services, which assists service members and veterans with transitioning from the military to higher education, supports academic integration, career preparation and planning, health and wellness support, and connecting veterans with mentors, both student veteran mentors and corporate partners. He is the Co-Chair of the Military and Veterans Leadership Council, overseeing the integration and support of the ROTC, NROTC, and AFROTC on campus.

Matt helped Fordham raise more than $200,000 for a Veterans Emergency Fund and led Fordham’s expansion of the Yellow Ribbon program. More than 1,500 veterans and dependents have graduated from Fordham since Matt helped establish the office and Vet Center in 2017.

Matt works closely with New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services and was an Executive Member of Veterans on Campus NYC, a public-private venture to support service members and veterans making the transition to colleges and universities in New York City. He actively supports Edge4Vets and FourBlock as a volunteer mentor and facilitator. Matt lives in New Milford, New Jersey and his hobbies are Japanese Woodworking, and golf.