Matt Dearden

Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Matt Dearden graduated from Cedarville University in 2009 with a degree in history and worked as an admissions counselor for Cedarville following graduation. He completed a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and, after passing the Ohio bar, he practiced in business and corporate law in the Dayton, Ohio, region for several years. He returned to Cedarville University in 2017 as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Matt met his wife, Rachel, as a student at Cedarville, and they have two daughters together.

Why Cedarville?

Cedarville is a community of believers striving to achieve excellence in everything. I decided to take a position at Cedarville because I desire to be a part of such an engaging, encouraging community. I enjoy working at Cedarville because it is a place that encourages me to intentionally grow, develop, and serve in all areas of my life. The chance to work hand in hand with others who have the same desire and vision is incredible.

Education and Credentials

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • B.A., Cedarville University


  • Spending time with family
  • Reading history
  • Writing fiction
  • Outdoor activities
  • Drinking and reviewing root beer with The Root Beer Guys 
  • Traveling to new places