About Matthew Gaffney

Dr. Matthew Gaffney is a renowned educator known for his commitment to educational excellence, innovation and diversity. A graduate of Hobart College and the University of Buffalo, Dr. Gaffney spent much of his career leading some of the best public school systems in New York and Pennsylvania as Superintendent. During the 1950s and 1960s, he unified Tarrytown High School with Sleepy Hollow’s, and he diversified the elementary schools in Abington, PA. His work insured equal quality education for all.

Following his successful public school career, Dr. Gaffney was a professor in educational law at Lehigh University. It was Dr. Gaffney’s remarkable career that inspired his daughter, Margaret Gaffney Benedict, to found the Matthew Gaffney Foundation.

(1913 – 2005)