About Dr. David Mathews
David Mathews is the former president and chief executive officer of the Charles. F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. Since 1981, his leadership shaped the Kettering Foundation's pioneering research and work with public deliberation and democratic practices in communities all across the nation and the world. He has been a tireless champion of the idea that regular citizens can make a difference in combating the crisis in democracy now facing the United States and countries around the world. Nonpartisan and nonpolitical, Kettering’s research focuses on how to make democracy work as it should.
Prior to his work at the Kettering Foundation, Mathews was named President of the University of Alabama in 1969, and at the age of 33, he was the youngest president of a major university. He served as the university’s president until 1980, during which time he was named to President Gerald R. Ford’s cabinet as the 11th Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1975 to 1977. Mathews currently serves as Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.