Kenneth Gordon Matheson was born on July 28, 1864 in Cheraw, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel in 1885, and after teaching at several military academies, he went on to earn a Master's degree in English from Stanford University in 1897. Afterwards, he was hired by Georgia Tech as an English professor and quickly became the head of the English Department in 1898. In 1905, the current president, Lyman Hall, died and Matheson was elected president, where he would serve for sixteen years.
While president, Matheson had numerous accomplishments: he helped establish the Georgia Tech Research Institute, constructed Grant Field, built the school's first library, began the Architecture program at Tech, admitted the first femal student, and started Georgia Tech's transition from a trade school to a university. Matheson went on to be president at Drexel University and died on November 29, 1931.
- President of the Georgia School of Technology
- Head of the Georgia Tech English Department