Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, 2008
“You are given a world-class support structure at Ashford University that will ensure you stay on track and meet your goals."
Matthew Bambrick graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University in October 2008 at age 41. A certified business continuity planner from the Chicago area, he has worked for Exelon Corporation in corporate security compliance, and currently is lead security specialist for the Department of Energy.
A veteran of the US Army, Matthew salutes Ashford's treatment of our soldiers and veterans. In fact, Ashford's military and veterans benefits were among the top deciding factors when he chose to attend Ashford. He was also impressed by the amount of credits he was able to transfer, and that he could transfer in military as well as civilian coursework. He explains, "I had taken numerous classes inside and outside of the military, but had no degree to show for it. I wanted to finish and finish strong, and Ashford University was the perfect fit."
Like most college students, Matthew found balancing his work, his personal life, and his academic responsibilities difficult at the onset, but, he says, "those challenges were not unobtainable. To the contrary, military discipline took over and soon I found myself to be in a routine."
Now that he has earned his degree, he says his life has changed tremendously. "Each time I look at my diploma hanging on my wall, it reminds me of when I didn't have one and how thankful I am to have it now. It has also provided me a great deal of confidence in myself due to the fact that whatever the economy brings, I have a reliable degree to fall back on. This is especially important in a job market where, in many cases, not having a degree is non-negotiable."
Matthew considers himself to be living proof that, "Ashford can and will prepare you for an advanced education." Soon after completing his Bachelor's degree at Ashford, Matthew was accepted to Norwich University, the oldest private military university in the US, and he graduated with his Master of Science in Business Continuity Management (June 2010).
Matthew's Admissions Counselor, called Matthew "passionate about Ashford" – which Matthew makes no effort to hide. He proudly explains that he has directly influenced at least six people to enroll at Ashford. "I am looking forward to personally attending the graduation ceremonies of those I recommended to Ashford."
To prospective Ashford students, Matthew offers this advice: "Whether you are deciding to enroll at Ashford or another institution, you have to determine what is best for YOU in the long run. He also advises, "You are not set up for failure unless you LET it happen to you. You are given a world-class support structure at Ashford University that will ensure you stay on track and meet your goals."
Since 2011, Matthew has held the position of adjunct instructor at Ashford University specializing in curriculums including Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Social and Criminal Justice. He is certified to instruct twenty courses in multiple curriculums.
Matthew was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, a prestigious and highly competitive federal program administered by the US Office of Personnel Management.
In 2014, Matthew was the first Ashford alum to join the University’s Faculty Senate board as an Associate Faculty senator. The Faculty Senate is the sole faculty-elected, representative, and deliberative policy-proposing body of the University representing the four colleges and their various faculties. The Faculty Senate operates as one body in a larger shared governance system with respect to Ashford University, including, but not limited to, academic programs, policies, and curricular matters.