Matthew Beer

Military and Veteran Affairs Manager, Washington State University

Matthew Beer has been selected as the new military and veteran affairs manager in the Carson College of Business’ Office of Graduate Programs.

Beer, a 1996 WSU graduate in political science, was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force from WSU’s AFROTC program. In his new position, he will facilitate the success of veteran students with the college, specifically, delivery of the Rucksacks to Backpacks to Boardroom program supporting online MBA and Executive MBA military and veteran students’ transition into military leadership roles or the civilian workforce.
Beer was previously the chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he led a team in recruiting, educating, and training 50 cadets annually through the college-level Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Under his leadership, enrollment increased by 60 percent in two years. He was also an adjunct online instructor for Air Force Command and Staff College, teaching graduate capstone courses for active-duty military and civilian personnel in advanced airpower studies.

Beer served 1996-2013 as an officer in the Air Force, holding positions as program manager, squadron operations officer, and flight instructor, leading and mentoring personnel in a range of responsibilities from curriculum development to combat flight operations.

From 2013 to 2015, he was squadron commander of the Air Force’s C-130 schoolhouse, leading a team of over 300 military, civilian, and contract instructors to administer academic and flight training to 1,750 Department of Defense and international students.

“I am so excited to be back at Washington State University as a part of this important new program,” says Beer. “I’m committed to ensuring the success of Carson College’s deepening commitment to our military and veteran students.”

“Matt’s experience serving our country and leading military students, service members and veterans will bring critical insights to WSU and the Carson College concerning our service to and support of this important population of learners,” says Cheryl Oliver, Carson College assistant dean for online and graduate programs. “He will be a key contributor as we invest in deepening our military-friendly commitment and reputation. I am thrilled to welcome Matt to our team as we work towards our mission of providing commensurate career opportunities for online MBA service members and veterans.”

Location: Pullman, Washington, United States