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Kate Smith, Interim President

Kate Smith was appointed interim president of Rio Salado College (RSC) and Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) in August 2018. Both RSC and MCOR are located in Tempe, Arizona and part of the Maricopa Community College District which serves 200,000+ students annually. Rio Salado College is the largest of the District’s ten colleges and serves nearly 53,000 students each year with nearly 28,000 students accessing their courses online. Maricopa Corporate College provides customized non-credit training for business and industry.

Smith has more than 24 years of experience in education. She is a highly regarded and enthusiastic leader who advocates for student success on all levels. In addition, Smith understands the barriers that non-traditional students face and is dedicated to providing them with flexible, affordable access to college.

Smith joined Rio Salado in 2016 as the vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. In this role she was 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 mathematics and German from William Smith College.

Before becoming a member of Rio Salado College’s Executive Team, Smith served as the dean of the academic foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Early in her career, she was an instructor, was then promoted to the roll of full 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 and career mathematics readiness.

Smith is passionate about learning, giving back, mathematics and supporting friends and family. She and her husband Dennis live in Ahwatukee and enjoy spending time running and hiking Arizona trails.

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