Vincent Matthews

Vincent Matthews

Assistant Professor

Dr. Vincent Matthews is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Administration program at San Francisco State University. He has taught in the program for the previous 3 years.

Dr.​ Matthews​ ​served​ ​as​ ​the superintendent ​of​ ​the​ San Francisco Unified School District for the past five years retiring July 2022.

A​ ​native​ ​of​ ​San​ ​Francisco,​ ​Vincent​ ​Matthews​ ​completed​ ​his​ ​K-12​ ​education​ ​as​ ​a​ ​student​ in the San Francisco Unified School District. Following​ ​graduation from​ ​JE McAteer High School,​ ​Matthews​ ​earned​ ​his​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts,​ ​Master of Arts in Educational Administration ​and​ ​eventually​ ​his​ ​Doctorate​ ​in​ ​Education all from​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​State​ ​University.​ ​Early​ ​in​ ​his​ ​career​ ​as​ ​an​ ​educator​ ​he​ ​taught​ ​at​ George Washington Carver Elementary​ ​School​ ​and​ ​served​ ​as​ an elementary ​principal​, a high school assistant principal and a middle school principal.

Before​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​selected​ ​Dr.​ ​Matthews​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​superintendent,​ ​Matthews​ ​served the​ ​California​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​as​ ​the​ ​state-appointed​ ​superintendent​ ​of​ ​Inglewood​ ​Unified​ ​School​ ​District. Prior​ ​to​ ​serving​ ​in​ ​Inglewood,​ ​Matthews​ ​led​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​Unified​ ​School​ ​District​ ​as​ ​superintendent​ ​for​ ​5​ ​1/2​ ​years where​ ​he​ ​is​ ​credited​ ​with​ ​raising​ ​academic​ ​achievement,​ ​narrowing​ ​the​ ​achievement​ ​gap​ ​between​ ​Latino​ ​and​ ​white students,​ ​and​ ​passing​ ​landmark​ ​agreements​ ​with​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​teacher’s​ ​union.​ ​Prior​ ​to​ ​working​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Jose,​ ​he served​ ​as​ ​a​ ​state-appointed​ ​superintendent​ ​for​ ​Oakland​ ​Unified​.

In January of 2020, Dr. Matthews began as an adjunct faculty member in the ELSIT department teaching prospective administration candidates at his alma mater San Francisco State University. In April of 2023 he interviewed and was offered an assistant professor position in the ELSIT department at San Francisco State University.