Former Streator High Supt. joins IVCC’s Executive Administration


Hope Beelman

Dr. Matt Seaton was recently hired in June of 2021 as Vice President for Business Services and Finance.

Hope Beelman, IV Leader Editor

Although he had originally planned to become an architect or engineer, Dr. Matt Seaton’s education and professional background in the educational field has led him to his current role as Vice President for Business Services and Finance at IVCC as of June 2021.

Seaton spent 20 years in K-12 schools as a Music Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent before bringing his experience to IVCC. His latest position was Superintendent of Streator Township High School in Streator, Ill.

Recently, Seaton earned an Educational Doctorate at Illinois State University along with his Associates in Science from Wabash Valley College and three degrees from Eastern Illinois University: Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, and Specialist in Educational Administration.

When asked about why he decided to study the particular programs he has degrees in, Seaton explained, “I had a rather influential music teacher in high school and later at community college that helped me find my path.”

As a classically trained vocalist, Seaton has a plethora of experiences in music as well as education.

“I performed as a tenor in college and have performed in a variety of musical genres over the course of my career including opera, musical theatre (both as a vocalist and instrumentalist), and have been a drummer and vocalist in rock and country bands,” commented Seaton.

He is originally from Mt. Carmel, Ill., but loves Streator and the surrounding areas as his family has thrived since arriving to the Illinois Valley area in 2014.

“The proximity of the IV to opportunities for our kids has been awesome,” elaborated Seaton.

Despite his many awards throughout his career from scholarships to Illinois Teacher and Dissertation of the Year, Seaton’s favorite accomplishment is his family consisting of his wife of nearly 20 years, Jill, and their six children.

At IVCC, Seaton has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone and described all as extremely gracious and welcoming.

He indicated that his fellow faculty and staff are committed to bettering students as well as the college. “It is clear everyone wants the best for the organization and is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen,” mentioned Seaton.

When asked about what a student should know about him, Seaton stated, “I’m available and committed to making their educational experience the best it can be at IVCC. My door is always open.”