Jeffrey A. Matteson has been appointed senior deputy commissioner for education policy, the New York state Board of Regents and state Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced Tuesday.  

Matteson has been tapped to oversee the Office of P-12 Education and the Office of Higher Education, while also serving as a member of the commissioner’s leadership team assisting in achieving the strategic goals of the state Education Department.

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said Matteson has a history of putting students first.

“Dr. Matteson will play a critical role in ensuring that all students have access to high-quality instructional opportunities and graduate ready to succeed in life after high school,” he said. “Dr. Matteson’s record of working collaboratively with teachers, parents, and school leaders, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of education, will benefit our state’s students and the Department alike. The Board and I are pleased to welcome Dr. Matteson to the Department and wish him well in his new position.”

Matteson has been an educator for 35 years. He started his career as a social studies teacher before working as a principal, superintendent, and finally, district superintendent of Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.

Commissioner Rosa said Matteson's experience, including involvement in various state workgroups, make him the perfect choice.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Matteson as our new Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy,” she said. “His extensive background as an administrator and educator will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all people in New York. Dr. Matteson’s wealth of knowledge and dedication to educational excellence will undoubtedly be an asset to our team as we work together to shape the future of education in our state.”

Matteson has also worked at the college level and as a dedicated doctoral thesis advisor, as well as the national level through participation in the National Board Certification workgroup, as well as TEACHNY roundtable discussions.

Matteson holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia, an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Castleton State College in Vermont, a B.A. in social studies from SUNY Cortland, and an A.A. in liberal arts from SUNY Morrisville.