Jeffrey J. Matthews

George F. Jewett Distinguished
Professor of Leadership
School of Business and Leadership


Ph.D. (American History), University of Kentucky
MBA & MA (History), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.S. (Business Admin, Finance), Northern Arizona University

Jeffrey Matthews is the George F. Jewett Distinguished Professor in the School of Business and Leadership at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. A recipient of multiple teaching honors, he has twice earned the Thomas A. Davis Teaching Excellence Award and was the recipient of the President's Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Matthews has published dozens of articles and three books, including Blacksheep Leadership: A story about a Leadership Challenge and the nature of Transformational Leadership (2012) and Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era (2003). The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell (with Harry Laver, 2008, 2017), remains required reading at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the book has been translated into Chinese for officer training in the Taiwanese Department of Defense.

Most recently, Dr. Matthews completed a biography of General Colin Powell, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton) and as Secretary of State (under President George W. Bush). Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press (January 2019).

Dr. Matthews is the former Risk Manager at Wells Fargo Bank of Nevada, and the former Vice President and General Manager of Kennelly Mortgage & Investment in Nevada. Currently, he is a founding partner and Business Director of the Camouflaj game studio, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Fall Semester 2020 - on sabbatical