The Dearborn Icebreaker: Matt Beaudry

Matt BeaudryName: Matt Beaudry
Position: Director of Athletics & Recreation
Years at UM-Dearborn: 2

What does a typical workday look like for you?
It usually starts around 5:15 a.m. with a workout before arriving to campus by 7:40 a.m. In many cases, it doesn’t end until after 9 p.m. due to events.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The changing environment on a daily basis. It’s never a set routine; it’s mostly unpredictable and a fast-pace environment, which fits my personality.

What was your first job?
A groundskeeper/maintenance worker at a golf course. Those were early, early hours back then.

What do you do to relax?
Spend time with my wife, Lauren, and family, read or do anything outdoors including fishing, hunting or exercising. 

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
A country singer. I love country music and have always wanted to be able to sing like that.   

What’s your definition of a life well lived?
People remember me for who I was as a person, not any accomplishments or accolades. The most important values to me are faith, family and helping.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?
Being the first in my family to graduate from college.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?
Hunting, Fishing and Loving Every Day” by Luke Bryan.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love cutting the grass and working in the yard.   

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?
A former coach of mine made a comment late in my teenage years when I was a team captain that still carries with me today. He said, ‘Your leadership when things are going well is easy and strong but what and how you respond in difficult situations will truly define your success and leadership.’ It helped me in that particular moment overcome adversity and today in my career understand the importance of reliable, fair and honest leadership through all situations and circumstances.

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