von Matthiessen joined the board of trustees at Antioch College in October 2014. Subsequently, he chaired the presidential search committee that led to the hiring of Thomas Manley on March 1st, 2016. He served as Chair of the Board in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Previously, he was a member of the board of trustees of Antioch University, 1980-1996 (board chair 1989-1995). He was a recipient of the Alumni Association’s J. D. Dawson award in 1992.
In addition, Malte also served on the board of trustees at Wilberforce University (1997-2000); the board of directors at the Wright State University Foundation (1999-2007) and the board of directors at Western State College Foundation (2005-2010). He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB) from 1994-2007; and was a recipient of AGB’s distinguished service award.
He spent forty years in global business; retiring from YSI (Yellow Springs Instrument Company) on September 1st, 2011.