May 31, 2023

Executive-in-Residence, Feb. 26-27

Matt Ernst ’94 is UMW’s 2013-2014 Executive-in-Residence. He founded Amentra in early 2000 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer until shortly after its sale to Red Hat in March of 2008. Under his guidance and leadership Amentra became one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country. Mr. Ernst was also named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007. He currently serves as Chairman of Walnut Grove Holdings, LLC, an investment company focusing on early stage technology companies.

Mr. Ernst will be on campus in Stafford and Fredericksburg Feb. 26 and 27. Throughout the two-day Executive-in-Residence program, he will interact with UMW students interested in various career paths.

During an invitation-only breakfast program, Ernst will speak to regional business leaders. His presentation, “Entrepreneurialism:  Taking Risks and Lessons in Leadership,” will focus on his experience as an entrepreneur and business leader.

Students, friends, and alumni are invited to attend a presentation by Ernst on the Stafford campus Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. A reception with refreshments and light fare will follow in the North Building. Space is limited for the Wednesday evening event in Stafford and registration is encouraged.

Following the Wednesday evening presentation, Ernst will visit the Fredericksburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 27.  All UMW students are invited to attend one of three presentations scheduled in Dodd Auditorium at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., or 2 p.m. Registration is not required.

For more information or questions please contact Andrea Cordray at


About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.