Jay Mathisen, EdD

Co-Chair, School of Education

Director, Educational Leadership

Assistant Professor of Education

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An alumnus of the university’s doctor of education program, Jay Mathisen, joined George Fox as director of educational leadership in the summer of 2020. In the five years previous, he worked as the deputy superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, a role in which he supervised the district’s schools and academic programming, led school design planning, and supervised human resources.

Previously, Mathisen was principal of La Pine High School (2007-12) in La Pine, Oregon, where he earned “Oregon Principal of the Year” honors in 2011. His education leadership experience also includes serving as assistant principal at La Pine Middle School (2005-07), as principal of McKenzie Middle School and High School in Finn Rock, Oregon (2003-05), and as a teacher and coach at McKenzie schools (1995-2003). In addition, he taught on an adjunct basis for Corban University and George Fox for 10 years.

Mathisen earned an EdD at George Fox (2012) and holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Oregon University (2000), as well as a bachelor’s degree from Western Baptist College (1995). He lives in Bend and is based at the university’s Redmond campus.

Mathisen and his wife Shannon have two daughters, Daisy and Molly, and they attend Mirror Pond Church in Bend. Jay is passionate about education systems and partnerships in Rwanda, where he has served since 2010 and leads annual professional development trips with educators from the U.S.