Between the Lines of Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia
Author: Matthew Davis
Matt serves as the Director of Historic Museums at Georgia College, which includes Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion, Andalusia: The Home of Flannery O’Connor, and The Sallie Ellis Davis House. His duties include oversight of the historic properties, coordinating administrative functions, research, curatorial work, educational programming, fundraising, and management of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees, Milledgeville Chapter. Matt is a native of Kinston, NC and received his education at Georgia College & State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History in 2002 and a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History in 2004. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgia College and Georgia Military College.
Matt is a member of several professional museum groups and boards. He was the founder and first chair of the Milledgeville Museum Association and was elected president of the Georgia Association of Museums in 2018. In 2019, he was elected to the governing council of the Southeastern Museums Conference and was elected by the membership as Vice President in 2020. He also serves as chair of the evaluation committee and co-chair of the Mid-Career professionals committee of SEMC. Additionally, he is the immediate past State Awards Chair for the American Association of State and Local History, is a committeeman at large for CurCom, serves as an accreditation reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and is a 2016 graduate of the 21st Century Museum Leadership Institute, which was sponsored by the George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at museum conferences nationwide.