Leah Matthews currently serves as the Executive Director of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission located in Washington, DC. The DEAC is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that accredits 102 distance education institutions serving nearly 1.2 million students annually. She has over twenty years of experience in higher education accreditation. Her expertise in higher education policy led to her selection as a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 and 2019 Rulemaking Sessions that addressed policy areas that included state authorization. She is also currently serving as member of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Executive Council, a board member for the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and a board member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Leah Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.