Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary Appoints 13th President

Nyack College & Alliance Theological Seminary President, Rajan S. Matthews

Dear Nyack/ATS Family and Friends:

The day we have eagerly awaited is here!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that Mr. Rajan S. Mathews has been unanimously selected as the 13th president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, following a seven-month presidential search.

In conjunction with an executive search firm, JobfitMatters, the Presidential Search Committee reviewed a distinguished pool of some 30 candidates. We are grateful to the Search Committee, as well as our students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and the Board of Trustees, who completed our Presidential Search Survey, an important part of making this exciting selection possible.

“I am privileged to have this opportunity to serve as president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. I am an optimist, because my God has never lost hope for His creation, but I am also a realist,” President Mathews commented. “I know full well the challenges that educational institutions across the nation are facing—dwindling enrollments, dwindling revenues, escalating expenses and diminishing societal values. But I am convinced and firmly believe that enduring institutions such as Nyack, that are firmly rooted in the Word of God, will be the very instruments that God uses to offer hope to a despairing world. It is to this cause that I devote myself with excitement, hope and a firm commitment to work with the team at Nyack, the Board of exceptional Christian Leaders, the faithful alumni, the local churches, and other stakeholders.”

Rajan Mathews has a remarkable leadership background. He served as Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India, the Telecom Communications Industry Association in India from 2010-2020. In this role, he led a $36 billion advocacy group representing the communications industry in India and globally. Prior to that, he held various senior executive positions including Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President-Controller of companies such as AT&T, Telargo Inc., Call Sciences Inc., Afghan Wireless Communications, Beatrice Foods International and Columbia Tri-Star Pictures.

While at AT&T, Rajan Mathews was named President & CEO of Birla AT&T, then AT&T’s largest international investment, where he introduced digital mobile telephony services in India, building out and operating one of India’s largest Global System for Mobile Communications networks. His professional career began at Price-Waterhouse Coopers, where he audited and consulted with Fortune 100 Companies such as Phelps-Dodge, IBM, Exxon, and Colboro. He has considerable expertise in international operations having managed and operated companies in England, France, Germany, Hong-Kong, Netherlands, Afghanistan and India. He has helped raise over $1 billion in public and private equity, debt, private placements and new venture funding.

His board memberships include Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Far East Broadcasting Association. At Woodstock School, one of India’s premier international residential schools, he was Finance Committee Chair and later named President. In the past several years, his fundraising efforts have helped raise over $50 million for various charities and schools.

President Mathews earned a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. At Rutgers University, he received an MA in economics, and an MBA in finance and professional accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey. A committed Christian, Rajan has served in ministry as a Board Elder and as a conference speaker at family and youth conferences in the United States and abroad.

He and his wife, Grace currently live in Mercer County, NJ and are members of Stone Hill Church in Princeton. They are the parents of two daughters, Nithya, who is married to Jeffy Joseph, and Kavita.

Plan to visit our website and social media platforms often in the days and months ahead where you will become more acquainted with President Rajan S. Mathews.


Scott Slocum

Chair, Board of Trustees Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary
Chair, Presidential Search Committee