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Rish Appointed As An Associate Provost At UNCW

By Staff Reports, posted Jun 18, 2024
Matthew Rish
Matthew Rish has been appointed the associate provost for administration and resource management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a news release.

Rish comes to UNCW from the North Carolina State Health Plan in Raleigh, where he served as a senior director and oversaw finance, planning and analytics. His appointment with UNCW will begin June 24.

"The associate provost for administration and resource management facilitates strategies pertaining to the Division of Academic Affairs, namely in the areas of administration, finance, budget, personnel and communications," the release stated. "In addition to leading execution of policies and procedures related to programming, infrastructure and leadership support within the division, this position serves as a senior advisor and collaborates in the planning, development and implementation of the division’s priorities and activities."

Rish will report to the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and serve as a member of the Provost’s Cabinet.

Provost James J. Winebrake stated in the release, “Matt exhibits a unique combination of financial acumen, managerial experience and strategic thinking that will serve our university well as we evolve as a large, national, public research university and navigate a dynamic higher education landscape.”

According to the release, Rish previously served as a business officer and associate chair of administration for a department in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and as assistant dean of finance and administration at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In the healthcare field, he served in a variety of roles including vice president of finance, chief operating officer and finance director, the release stated.

Rish holds an MBA in business administration from Cleveland State University, a bachelor’s degree in health services administration and business administration from Ohio University and an executive certificate from Vanderbilt Law School. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors for Summit Workforce Solutions and has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
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