Matthew Robinson, Director of Student Persistence and Achievement (SPA), has seven years of experience directing academic support for student-athletes at SMU. With Matt’s ten years of experience at SMU, he has developed a broad range of strategic partnerships with faculty and staff and has extensive experience helping new students transition to college. Matt graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an M.Ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration, following a B.A. in Sociology, also from Oklahoma. At OU he worked as a learning specialist, primarily with at-risk students, and as a housing manager with Oklahoma's Division of Student Affairs. Matthew found his way to Oklahoma from California and has enjoyed living in the South. He and his family enjoy hanging out at the lake and participating in athletic events.