Office of Academic Affairs
Gary Smith, Ph.D.
for Academic Affairs
Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs!
The Academic Affairs Office is at the very core of Snow College—providing dynamic, challenging, and state-of-the-art learning experiences for students, supported by faculty and staff who deeply value the success of each and every one of our students.
The Office of Academic Affairs oversees all things teaching and learning at Snow College, including:
- Academic Quality and Integrity
- Institutional Accreditation and Assessment
- Institutional Research and Academic Planning
- Academic Degrees and Programs of Study
- The Honors Program
- College Libraries
- Continuing and Community Education
- Global Engagement
- Faculty Resources and Support
- Specialty-focused Institutes and Centers
- And Scholarly, Creative, and Professional Endeavors for Faculty and Students
Our Academic Affairs team at Snow College is:
- Gary Smith, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Rick White, D. Ed., Associate VP for Academic Quality & Institutional Effectiveness
- Beckie Hermansen, Ed.D., Director, Institutional Research & Planning
- Heather Boren, Executive Assistant
Our Five Academic Deans and the Director of our Libraries:
- Dan Black, Ed.D., Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
- Sheryl James Bodrero, Ph.D., Division of Humanities
- Sue Dalley, M.S., Division of Social Sciences
- Vance Larsen, M.M., Division of Fine Arts
- Michael Medley, M.B.A., Division of Business & Applied Technologies
- Jon Ostler, M.L.I.S., Director of Libraries
And an outstanding Faculty and Staff!
Meet your VP for Academics—the Chief Academic Officer at Snow…
Dr. Gary Smith has been serving as the Chief Academic Officer for Snow College since August of 2010. His pathway to Snow College is one lined with a variety of rewarding appointments in oft-times challenging settings. Beginning as an assistant professor of social work and sociology, Dr. Smith learned and practiced the craft of college teaching, often acknowledged for outstanding teaching and curriculum development by his colleagues. Stepping into academic administration in the mid-1980s, he served as Assistant to the VP for Academics, with “turn-around/renewal” assignments in continuing education, regional outreach, bachelor of general studies, credit-for-prior-learning, academic advising, and rural community college partnership programs. Ready for a more challenging assignment, Dr. Smith accepted the position of Director of the North Slope Higher Education Center in Barrow, Alaska—the northernmost community in the western hemisphere. Working with dedicated faculty, staff, and students, his years in Barrow saw the evolution of the Center into Ilisagvik College, an accredited Native-serving community college meeting the higher education needs of the village residents of the 88,000+ square mile, road-less region of the Arctic Slope. Prior to leaving Ilisagvik College, Dr. Smith was appointed as the first President of the College. Other appointments before and since have been as Campus Dean (extended site and main campus), Department Chair, Division Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and, twice, as interim President, at colleges/universities in Alaska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Colorado.
Dr. Smith’s professional and civic engagement interests center on rural communities, remote regions, social change, human welfare, and the future of higher education.
Dr. Smith’s avocational interests lie in reading autobiographies and nonfiction writings (actually, he is a reference book junkie), field photography, exploring places/meeting peoples across the western regions of the U.S. and Canada, and beyond, and outdoor activities of many types.
Dr. Smith is married to Barbara Jean Berkshire, and they share three delightful adult children and three grandchildren.
- B.S. , in sociology, Northern Arizona University
- M.S.W., in community organization and administration, University of Utah
- Ph.D. in Social Policy and Social Work (interdisciplinary sociology and social work doctoral program), Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Academic Affairs: 435-283-7300
Dr. Gary Smith: direct line: 435-283-7301