Aug 07, 2017

Columbia State Receives Endowment From Retired Executive Vice President - Provost

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. - August 7, 2017) - - - The Columbia State Community College Foundation recently received an endowment from Dr. Margaret Smith, retired Columbia State executive vice president-provost.

The endowment is intended to provide opportunities for faculty, deans and other college employees working full-time at Columbia State to grow professionally by participating in national leadership development experiences that will prepare them for greater understanding and leadership in the community college setting. Also, the endowment can be used to recognize the leadership and outstanding accomplishments of students who have distinguished themselves or for those students who aspire for a career in higher education, especially the community college.

During her eight years at Columbia State, Smith was responsible for providing dynamic and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of successful academic and student programs and services, providing support for innovation of academic programs and recruiting and retaining faculty and staff. In addition, Smith developed and oversaw student activities and programs, and promoted partnerships with community businesses and organizations.

"Dr. Margaret is a professional educator whose leadership has resulted in a legacy of effective organization of academics and student affairs for increased academic and technical program, student services and outreach, faculty and staff development, and student access, success and completion," said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. "This endowment is just one more way she has shown leadership for and dedication to the continued growth and development of Columbia State. We are grateful for her service, and for her generosity in establishing this endowment."

Prior to serving at Columbia State, Smith gained a wealth of experience in higher education from Bainbridge College and Hopkinsville Community College. While at Bainbridge, Smith served as a professor of English, vice president of academic affairs, dean of faculty and served as acting president among other duties.

While at Hopkinsville, Smith was coordinator of continuing education and community services, coordinator of off-campus credit programs, coordinator of on-campus testing, coordinator of Ft. Campbell programs, taught freshman English and Introduction to Theater, and held other various coordinator, instructor and administrative positions.

During her career in academia, Smith won several awards and honors. She has achieved an on-going list of professional, personal and community accomplishments in addition to presenting business, leadership and education topics to various audiences. Smith has also released several publications focusing on education.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in English and speech and theater and a master's degree in English from Austin Peay State University. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Margaret Smith and Dr. Janet Smith at Spring 2017 graduation.
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Dr. Margaret Smith, Columbia State executive vice president - provost and Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president.