Board of Trustees Grant ‘Emeritus’ Status to Dr. Norman Smith

July 06 2017
Category: Campus Life


Dr. Norman Smith

The Elmira College Board of Trustees has awarded Dr. Norman R. Smith, fourteenth president of Elmira College, emeritus status. Smith, who served in an acting interim role for two academic years from 2015 to 2017, oversaw major improvements at the College, particularly in the areas of finance and enrollment management, along with earning full accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on all fourteen standards of excellence. 

"It is a bittersweet moment when an individual with Dr. Smith's talent leaves a place like Elmira College, but this moment is a testament to his everlasting contribution,” said Robert Morris, chair of the Elmira College Board of Trustees. “He leaves having completed a transition to a young and talented senior administration which will serve Elmira College well in future years."

Smith has more than 45 years in higher education, with 28 years as a chief executive, including notable presidencies at Suffolk University and Richmond: The American International University in London. Richmond is the only university in England having earned both US regional (Middle States) and UK accreditation.

Before Richmond, Dr. Smith was President of Wagner College in New York City. During his tenure, Wagner was named a College of the Year by TIME magazine citing a new and innovative first-year experiential liberal arts curriculum. He was named President Emeritus by Wagner College upon his departure in 2002.      

Prior to Wagner College, Smith was at Harvard University where he was the Assistant Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then of the John F. Kennedy School of Government where he was part of the inaugural management team assembled within the University. 

He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a research fellow of the Harvard Philosophy of Education Center. Early in his career, Dr. Smith was affiliated with Moore College of Art in Philadelphia as Executive Vice President, at Philadelphia University as Vice President and Dean, and at Drexel University as Assistant Dean of Students. He earned his B.S. and MBA from Drexel.