Dr. Matthew Borcherding was appointed M State's dean of liberal arts and sciences in December 2016 and was named dean for the School of Science and Mathematics in the spring of 2020. He joined M State as a biology faculty member on the Fergus Falls campus in 2011 and has served as an adjunct professor of higher education at a regional university.
As dean, Borcherding oversees the curriculum and faculty for science and mathematics college-wide and oversees the Fergus Falls campus and residential life programs, athletics and the university centers based on the Fergus Falls and Wadena campuses.
Borcherding was awarded the President's Award of Achievement in 2021. He was a recipient of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award in 2017 and the NISOD Excellence in Teaching award, the President's Distinguished Achievement award and Outstanding Faculty of the Year, all in 2016.
Dr. Borcherding has written and presented both regionally and nationally on the topic of central nervous system depressants on academic and social involvement in undergraduate students.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and a master's degree in Biology Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University.