Vice President of Academic Affairs
Kate Smith began her position as Rio Salado’s vice president of academic affairs in June 2016. She is responsible for adult basic education, community development and partnerships, continuing education, curriculum, early college, faculty, library services, the honors program, incarcerated re-entry programs, institutional research and effectiveness, instructional design, instruction helpdesk, military programs, online and hybrid/blended learning, certificates and degrees, and corporate and government partnerships.
She has a master’s degree in mathematical education from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in German and mathematics from William Smith College.
Before joining the Rio Salado Executive Team, she served as the dean of the academic foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. With more than 22 years of experience in education, she began as an instructor, was promoted to professor and later served in administration. Prior to her time at Monroe, she taught high school mathematics and served as a consultant to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and local companies on college mathematics readiness.
Smith serves on the President’s Advisory Council and the President’s Cabinet. She is also a co-chair of the college’s Strategic Planning Committee and Development Team.