Chancellor Emeritus
University of Tennessee at Martin

President Emeritus
Slippery Rock University

Senior Associate
robert.smith@utm.edu • (724) 496-2000

 

Dr. Robert SmithDr. Robert M. Smith has held posts at Wichita State University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, Slippery Rock University, and the University of Tennessee System. He is known for assisting universities in crises. While President of Slippery Rock University, he facilitated a twenty-two percent increase in enrollment and improved its national academic reputation. The university also experienced historical increases in retention and graduation rates. An early adopter of performance metrics, Dr. Smith led Slippery Rock University to be a model for analytical data-driven decision-making. As Chancellor for the University of Tennessee at Martin, he is credited with leading UTM through historical turnarounds in financial, enrollment, fund-raising, and accreditation obstacles as well as producing record retention and graduation rates.

A facilitator for AACRAO’s Presidential Seminars on Strategic Enrollment Management, Dr. Smith has also been the senior faculty member in four executive development programs, including NACUBO’s Collegiate Management Business Institute. He is currently the University of Tennessee President’s Advisor for Executive Talent and Leadership Development.

Specialties

Strategic enrollment management, performance funding, board and institutional leadership development, succession planning, and counseling presidents.

Service Highlights

  • Member, Chair of Human Resource Committee, Butler County Community College Board of Trustees
  • Member, Regional Learning Alliance Board of Trustees (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Member, Chair of Governance, Butler Health System Board of Directors
  • Member, Chair, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Board of Directors
  • Member, Chair, Leadership Kansas Board of Directors
  • Chair Emeritus, Tennessee Association of Community Leadership

Honors

  • Chancellor Emeritus, University of Tennessee at Martin
  • President Emeritus, Slippery Rock University
  • Strategic Enrollment Management Leadership Award (inaugural), AACRAO
  • Crystal Apple Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • First-Year Student Advocate, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tennessee Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Honorary doctorate, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur, India
  • Citation for Meritorious Service, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Education

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • B.A., Wichita State University
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