New Colorado State Geologist Appointed

Title: New Colorado State Geologist Appointed
Publication: The Outcrop, May 2004, p. 21

Vince Matthews

Russell George, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has announced the appointment of Vince Matthews to the position of State Geologist. George said Matthews offers years of experience and a level of expertise necessary to carry out the duties of State Geologist. “Vince brings to the table over twenty years of experience in his field – his credentials are unmatched,” said George. “He has served the Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) well for the past four years, and he will continue to do so in his new position.” In his position as Senior Science Advisor, Matthews was responsible for CGS’ geologic mapping, earthquake hazards research, and outreach programs.

Before joining the CGS in 2000, Matthews spent over 20 years in the petroleum industry, working for a number of companies. Additionally, Matthews was on the faculty at the University of California, University of Northern Colorado, Arizona State University, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Matthews has conducted research and published on the San Andreas Fault, global tectonics, subduction zone tectonics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and Laramide deformation. He is the author of more than 40 technical articles and abstracts.

Matthews is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Trustee Associate for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and has been an officer in the Colorado Scientific Society and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He has been on the Board of Directors of many industry organizations.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this position,” Matthews said. “The Colorado Geological Survey has admirably served the people of Colorado for more than three decades, and I look forward to working with the fine people who work so diligently to identify and mitigate geologic hazards affecting public health and safety; to promote responsible economic development of our mineral and mineral fuel resources; to educate people on the importance of earth sciences in our state; and to aid in the resolution of our water supply problems.”

Ron Cattany, Director of the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology DMG), echoed George’s praise for Matthews. “I have worked with Vince for many years,” said Cattany. “I depend on his breadth of knowledge on geological issues as we work with our various constituencies. I know that, as State Geologist, he will have the respect of his peers and will continue to capably serve the DMG and the DNR.”