Dr. Charles N. Smith joins SC State University as the Vice President for Student Affairs

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dr. Charles N. SmithSC State University announces that Dr. Charles N. Smith has been selected to serve as the vice president for the Division of Student Affairs.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come and work with President George Cooper, his administration, faculty, staff and students of South Carolina State University,” said Dr. Smith. “I thank Dr. Cooper for providing me with this opportunity and believe that my experiences in assisting students in their educational growth and development will be an asset to students of SC State,” Dr. Smith continued.

Smith’s professional experience in student endeavors, spanning from 1981 in his role as assistant professor of Honor Programs and director of Student Special Services, to his most recent position as associate provost and vice president for Student Services at Alabama State University, Smith will make a viable resource for SC State University.

“SC State is committed to be student-centered, because our students are our primary customers. Dr. Smith’s proven knowledge as a respected leader in the field of student affairs will be a tremendous benefit for our students and to our University,” said Dr. George E. Cooper.

As vice president for Student Affairs, Dr. Smith’s responsibilities will include oversight of residential affairs, counseling, health and psychological services, career development, student activities, enrollment management and admissions, financial aid, multi-cultural affairs, campus police, and Sodexho food services.

While management and leadership is an integral part of this position, Dr. Smith must also enable continual improvement of all of the previously mentioned programs. Measurable success is a primary goal.

Dr. Smith’s educational background includes an Ed.D.in Higher Education Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.; an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Smith’s major accomplishments during his tenure (2005-2008) in his most recent post as associate provost and vice president for Student Services at Alabama State University include the following:
• Assisted in developing plans to renovate six existing residence halls;
• Completed programming functions for the new Student Union. Construction began July, 2008;
• Opened a new 1200 seat cafeteria;
• Established a “Rite of Passage Ceremony” for all new students;
• Established Living/Learning community centers in Korean, Spanish, and Academic residence halls;
• Renovated and built computer labs in each residence hall;
• Restructured the customer service operation;
• Built a new basketball court for student use;
• Established the ASU (Alabama State University) Student Leadership Institute program;
• Revised the official student handbook, The Pilot;
• Reorganized the plans for the construction of the new Student Union building;
• Restructured the new student orientation program which includes a new “Rite of Passage” program and new student ball;
• Assisted the vice president for Academic Affairs in redesigning the Retention and Enrollment program;
• Assisted the vice president of Academic Affairs in the development of new articulation agreement with the community colleges;
• In 2006, established an annual summit in which each year the community and prominent leaders from the educational, economical, and political arena come together to discuss current issues.

Dr. Smith has also served as vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Delaware State University; associate vice president for Student Development/Intercollegiate Athletic, and assistant provost and dean for Student Development/Community Relations at Chicago State University; director of Minority Affairs and special assistant to the provost at George Mason University; and assistant professor of Psychology at Gulf Coast Community College.

“I am committed to and believe that as well as assisting students in developing their intellect, we must also assist them in developing the whole person, most importantly their leadership abilities,” he continued.