Jim Matthews, M.Ed. provides students, faculty, staff and parents with critical information about college drinking in an entertaining and non-judgmental manner. In addition to a description of Jim’s presentations, workshops, and books – vital information about alcohol’s impact on college students and their friends and families is also available on this website.  Jim was the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Prior to this position, for 13 years he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the “most popular courses” at Keene State. 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and his masters in Education from Queens College both in New York City. Jim is a certified trainer for the Prevention Research Institute, has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy, was a participant in the Professional in Residence Program at the Betty Ford Center in California and is the author of “Beer, Booze and Books…a sober look at higher education,” “The ABCs of College Drinking…25 tips for navigating the collegiate party scene” and “The Parents Guide to College Drinking…facing the challenge together.” 

The NCAA approved Jim’s presentations as part of its Sports Sciences Speaker Grant Program. Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire legislature for his work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse program.  He has appeared on ABC-TV, WOR-TV, CNN, NBC Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspaper articles. Jim has spoken to over 500,000 students on more than 500 campuses throughout the country.


Professional Experience
U.S. Treasury Dept. Bureau of Customs: Sky Marshal                                
New York City Board of Education: Health and Physical Education Teacher
Wilderness Experiences: Founder, Director
Nantahala Outdoor Center: Promotions Consultant and Guide
North Carolina State University: Health and Physical Education Faculty
Boston University Sargent Camp: College Programs Director
Keene State College: Asst. to Vice President for Alcohol & Other Drug Programs
Merrimack College: Coordinator of Health Education
Daniel Webster College: Adjunct Faculty; BASICS Provider

Education and Training
Manhattan College: Bachelor of Science: Health & Physical Education
Queens College: Master of Education: Health & Physical Education
Keene State College: Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy
Prevention Research Institute: Certified Trainer
Betty Ford Center: Professional in Residence Program
New Hampshire State Police: Drug Recognition Expert Program

Professional Activities
MyStudentBody.com: Advisory Board
USDOE Northeast Regional Center for Drug Free Schools & Communities: Advisory Board
New Hampshire Prevention Association: Advisory Board
Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta: Adviser
Order of Omega: Member, Adviser

Presenter at Regional and National Conferences
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association for Student Personnel Administrators
U.S. Department of Education FIPSE National Meeting
BACCHUS Regional Conference
BACCHUS National Conference
New England College Alcohol Network
Georgia State Higher Education Network
New York Statewide College Conference
Maryland Statewide Conference

Conference Keynotes
New Hampshire Substance Abuse and Treatment Professionals
California State University System Administrators

Media Appearances
NBC Radio
WKBK Radio - Keene, NH
WOR TV - New York, NY
WABC TV - New York, NY
New Hampshire Public Radio
Numerous campus newspapers as well as radio & television stations

Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire State Legislature for Outstanding Work in Substance Abuse Prevention.


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