Elected Director At-Large
Matt Anderson, CSFM, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Originally from Michigan, Matt Anderson, CSFM is currently employed at the University of Arizona. He earned his B.S and M.S in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, receiving the S.A.F.E Graduate scholarship in 2004. Anderson was a consultant for construction and maintenance for a modular, bermudagrass field at the Athens Olympic Stadium for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Following the Olympics he was hired by the Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, MWL) as their Head Groundskeeper and worked there for six seasons as the head groundskeeper as well as the director of stadium operations. Anderson spent 2011 working at Michigan State University, where primary responsibilities included oversight of the baseball, softball and soccer facilities at the Old College Complex. In December of 2011 he was hired by the University of Arizona as the Turf Manager for all of campus, including athletic fields and common area turf. In 2013, Anderson was promoted to Superintendent of Grounds for the entire University of Arizona campus where he is currently responsible for all department operations. Anderson has served in leadership roles with the Michigan (VP) and Arizona (VP) chapters of the STMA, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, and his local church. He also served as the Higher Ed rep on the STMA Board of Directors during 2015. He and his wife Charity and they have one son, Caleb.
Vision for STMA: I believe STMA needs to continue to be a forward thinking organization focused on future growth and trends in our industry. I believe student engagement and embracing technology is critical to the future of the STMA. Telling our story through social media and feature media stories will continue to educate people that we are a vibrant, professional industry that can offer a unique and rewarding work experience. Embracing technology will continue to allow the sports turf manager to do more with our limited time and resources, in a more precise manner. Whether it’s finding relevant information quickly, field testing or maintenance equipment; technology will play a critical role in the future of the sports turf manger. These two reasons guide me in my current service with the STMA. I serve as Chair of the Student Challenge Committee and the Technology Committee. I feel these initiatives will be key in shaping what the future of our industry looks like. I look forward to representing the STMA on a national level.