Managing Director

Matthew Ceppi, Ed.D.


Strategy design and execution, transformation, public private partnerships, financial and resource allocation models, talent management


Dr. Matthew Ceppi is the Executive Director of AASCU Consulting at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Ceppi’s deep commitment to the promise of a college degree as a pathway to social mobility, equity, and economic vitality stems from over 24 years as a leader and consultant in the higher education community. A trusted advisor, strategic thought partner, and relationship builder, Matt has a proven track record of designing and executing strategies to expand organizational capacity and foster transformative growth. He has assisted institutional leaders with large scale or targeted change, sustainable finance models, leading high performing teams, and strategic execution.

Ceppi served in various leadership roles in the California State University system for 19 years, which included spearheading several growth initiatives and strategic partnerships at Cal State San Marcos before becoming a consulting principal for a top 10 professional services firm.

Trained as a scholar-practitioner in leadership, Ceppi has presented his research and delivered presentations and workshops globally on strategy, leading change, strategic performance measurement, and talent management. Since 2015, he has been an instructor of leadership studies on human capital management and strategy in the Graduate School at Creighton University. In 2007, Ceppi received the award for Distinguished Service in Quality Improvement from the California State University system.  Ceppi is a member of the Academy of Management, Society for Advancement of Management, and the International Leadership Association.


  • Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society of the Jesuit Colleges and University
  • California State University Distinguished Service in Quality Improvement
  • American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award


Ed.D. Creighton University

M.A. Alliant International University

B.A. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo