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Dr. Robert M. Smith Bio
Dr. Robert M. Smith Associate
President Emeritus, Slippery Rock University

2430 Durham Manor Drive • Franklin, TN 37064 • (724) 496-2000 (M) • (615) 224-3044 (H)

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Specialties: Strategic enrollment management and provost/dean/chairperson development

About Dr. Robert M. Smith
In addition to his service as president and provost at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Robert M. Smith served in administrative posts at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Wichita State University.

Under his guidance, Dr. Smith’s leadership, Slippery Rock University made extraordinary advancements, including a 22 percent increase in enrollment while improving its academic reputation. The university also experienced a 16 percent increase in retention and a 24 percent increase in graduation rates. The university received several awards for its innovative work in enrollment management, and Dr. Smith and his team often were invited to share their expertise at national conferences on all aspects of enrollment management.

An early adopter of performance metrics and performance funding, Dr. Smith led a cultural transformation at Slippery Rock University that became a model for analytical data-driven decision-making. For that achievement, he received commendation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2012. He co-chaired the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s revisions of performance funding that received praise from the Lumina Foundation, and has been a frequent speaker and panelist on institutional performance, performance metrics and incentive funding models.

A facilitator for AACRAO’s Presidential Seminars on Strategic Enrollment Management, Dr. Smith has been the senior faculty member in four executive development programs, including NACUBO’s Collegiate Management Business Institute.

Service Highlights:

  • Member, Butler County Community College Board of Trustees
  • Member, Butler Health System Board of Directors
  • Member, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Board of Directors
  • Member, Butler County Community Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Member, Slippery Rock Development

Honors:

  • 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 (the only Kansan bestowed this honor)
  • Tennessee Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Honorary doctorate, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur, India

Education:

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