Matt DavidsonMatthew L. Davidson, Ph.D., is an original Founder and the current President of the Institute for Excellence & Ethics (IEE). Through his work at IEE Dr. Davidson seeks to foster optimal performance in individuals and organizations through the assessment and development of leadership, teamwork, work ethic, and overall well-being. IEE's Excellence with Integrity Assessment and Development Tools have been used in a wide-range of educational, youth development and workplace settings, as well as with student-athletes in youth, high school, and Division I, II, and III college settings. He is the lead author of the Excellence with Integrity Curriculum Series and The Power2Achieve Program. His writing on excellence with integrity for individuals and organizations appears in the Journal of Dermatology for Physician's Assistants and in New York Physician's Magazine.

    Dr. Davidson has dedicated over 20 years to the theory, practice, and assessment of character and culture. Previously he served as Research Director at the Center for the 4th & 5th Rs (Respect & Responsibility) at SUNY Cortland. He has also been on staff at the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University, the Values Program at Le Moyne College, and the Mendelson Center for Sport, Character, and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, where he was also an Adjunct Professor of Education.

    He lives in Fayetteville, NY, with his wife Suzanne and their four children.

  • Vlad KhmelkovVladimir T. Khmelkov, Ph.D., Vice-President and Director of Research and Technology. Before co-founding IEE, he was a senior research analyst at the University of Notre Dame and served as research consultant for the Notre Dame Center for Ethical Education. He has been engaged in research projects and published on socio-moral development of individuals and social organizational characteristics of schools and other organizations for over 20 years. He has served as co-principal investigator or external evaluator on multiple federal and private foundation grants, totaling over $8 million.

  • Suzanne DavidsonSuzanne Davidson, Business Manager. Suzanne earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton. She spent seven years as an Office Manager for Purcell’s Wallpaper & Paint, Inc., a local Syracuse Benjamin Moore Dealer, where she helped to manage all aspects of a small business. Prior to officially joining the IEE staff in 2007, she volunteered for the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, as well as held an administrative position at the Mendelson Center for Sport, Character & Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Deb FinnDebra Finn, Office Manager. Deb was previously an administrative assistant at the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, where she maintained the fiscal records for the Smart & Good Schools grants and coordinated trainings on the Smart & Good Schools report.