Jonathan Cellon, Associate Dean of First Year Studies, helps Troy Elementary students plant a garden as a part of a community garden project.
Jonathan Cellon, Associate Dean of First Year Studies at Troy University, has been named to the Board of Directors of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.
The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation whose aim is to build skills, habits and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision-making. The organization seeks to strengthen civic life in Alabama’s 67 counties through programming that includes convening and moderating public forums, hosting reporting-out events, conducting moderator and convener training workshops, and developing youth leadership and community engagement opportunities.
The David Mathews Center has been an active partner with the University’s John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success on a number of long-term projects designed to involve TROY students in co-curricular activities, which strengthen decision-making, leadership and overall success.
“Jonathan has been active in working with the David Mathews Center for a number of years, beginning in his role as the coordinator of civic engagement, and continuing in his current role,” said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year Studies. “I am very proud of this recognition for Jonathan, and I am very confident that he will be a strong representative of Troy University on the Board of Directors.”
Cellon is in the final stages of completing his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Public Policy from Auburn University and should complete the program this spring.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to join the Mathews Center Board of Directors,” Cellon said. “They have been an important, long-term supporter of our efforts at Troy University to promote civic involvement of our students and broader community. The Mathews Center’s mission is to build skills, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and democratic practice. These skills are increasingly important in the 21st Century, and I look forward to having a role in continuing the statewide efforts of the Mathews Center.”