Ken Matthews, 2013
- QEP Research Analyst
- DSC employee since 2006
Degrees and schools where awarded: BA, Philosophy and Religion, Stetson University; MA, Library and Information Science, USF.
Outside interests: I enjoy tennis, occasionally lead small, beginning meditation groups, kayaking.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I worked for Jon Hall Automotive, now Southeast Automotive Group, in the Business Development Center.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Meeting with students who have driven by Daytona State for years before setting foot in the door and watching them realize that an education is possible and valuable.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? See next section on life.
In life? Simply to be kind and contribute to others’ happiness and well-being. Sometimes, it’s harder to do than anything else!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? From my philosophy professor, Dr. Rob Brady, “Don’t worry so much about answers. It’s far more important to ask good questions. That leads naturally to good answers.” That’s helped me refocus and reflect on personal and professional matters many times and has helped keep me curious and learning.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I lived in a monastery called Sravasti Abbey for a year in Washington State. It was an incredibly rewarding experience.
Last book read: A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss. It’s a book about the evolution of the universe.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: A chef . . . someone has to know how to operate the stove. H.H. the Dalai Lama, John Stewart, one random person who I don’t know and isn’t famous.