Student Senate

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - Matt Cardinal

Matthew Cardinal graduated from Richland Community College with an Associates in Applied Science Radiography degree in 2005.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University in 2012 and completed a Masters of Education program at the University of Illinois in 2014.

Matt has been employed at Richland Community College for five years. Matt’s first position was as Instructor and Acting Program Director for the Radiography Program.  Upon completion of his M.Ed. program, Matt moved to become Program Director.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Matt actively recruits students for his program and is responsible for overseeing the accreditation process. Currently, Matt also serves as co-chair of the Academic Standards Committee at Richland.

Matt is energetically involved as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. During the past three years, he has volunteered in two different capacities. The first is with Decatur’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s which is the association’s largest nationwide fundraising event. He began as a volunteer on the sponsorship subcommittee bringing four new sponsors to the walk which raised an extra $2,000. In his second year, he was asked to serve as co-chair of the committee. Currently, he is serving his second year as the Decatur Walk’s co-chair. The focus of the walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

For the past two years, he has also been a part of the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Ambassador Program by volunteering as an ambassador for Illinois Congressional District 13.  In this role, he works to establish a relationship with congressional officers to bring awareness to the federal policy priorities of the Alzheimer’s Association. In doing this, he has met with and talked over topics and proposed legislation with Congressman Rodney Davis and attended advocacy days in Springfield, Illinois to discuss proposed legislative priorities with elected officials.