Dr. Kimberly Smith currently serves as Associate Vice Provost of Student Success Initiatives at Virginia Tech. In this role, Kimberly provides leadership and coordination for university-wide programs and initiatives related to enhancing student learning. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing initiatives throughout the university community in collaboration with various university stakeholders in support of undergraduate education. Dr. Smith has served in NACADA in various capacities including a member of NACADA’s Consult and Speakers Bureau and most recently being selected to serve as a fellow with the Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) collaborative between NACADA and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to advance student learning, success, persistence, retention, and degree completion through a comprehensive, standards-based assessment process to promote excellence in academic advising.
Dr. Smith has presented at the local, state, and national level at various professional conferences on topics related to assessment of student success, academic advising, data informed decision making, developing support for underrepresented and unserved students, and leading organizational change. She’s the co-author of a chapter in Student Academic Services: An Integrated Approach entitled “Applying Quality Educational Principles to Academic Advising” and author of “Factors Impacting the Academic Achievement of Undecided College Students,” a chapter within Research Studies in Higher Education: Educating Multicultural College Students.
Dr. Smith is also actively engaged with numerous professional and civic associations and seeks to contribute to her community in meaningful ways. She currently serves as an Executive Board member of the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) and mentors young professionals seeking to enhance their leadership and management skills.