Dr. Richard Smith appointed as Roanoke's Vice President and Dean of the College

Dr. Richard Smith

Dr. Richard Smith

Salem, Va. - Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard A. Smith as vice president and dean of the College. Smith will join Roanoke in August. He currently is the senior vice president and dean at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. As vice president and dean of the college, Smith will be responsible for the College's academic affairs division which includes the faculty, academic affairs offices, as well as the library, teaching and learning support resources.

"Richard Smith is an outstanding addition to our campus and community," Maxey said. "He has an excellent and demonstrated record of leadership in the academy."

Smith earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Whittier College and holds a master's and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester. He taught political science at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Rochester before joining Millsaps. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

"I am very excited about joining Roanoke College and working with President Maxey and the faculty to increase and enrich the learning opportunities for Roanoke students," Smith said. "I look forward to helping the College achieve greater national prominence and distinction."

As the dean at Millsaps, Smith led a faculty-centered effort to define the college's academic vision and helped implement revisions to the strategic plan. During his tenure at Millsaps, the college initiated study abroad programs in China, Ghana, Albania, Mexico, Tanzania and several other countries. Undergraduate research opportunities were expanded in anthropology, biology, chemistry and geology. Millsaps reviewed and refined its core curriculum, upgraded the writing across the curriculum program, and restructured academic advising efforts.

Smith was recognized at Carnegie Mellon with the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Education Service. He is the author of numerous journal articles and papers in the field of political science.

Smith will replace interim Vice President and Dean Dr. Michael Hakkenberg, who plans to return to teaching in Roanoke's history department after serving in the position for the past year. Hakkenberg took over the position after Dr. John Day left last year to join John Carroll University in Ohio.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

Released: May 1, 2009
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