The Executive Leadership Summit - Confirmed Speakers

Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D.
Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D.

Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D.

Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D.
The College Of The Bahamas

Dr. Rodney D. Smith is the eighth President of The College of The Bahamas, appointed to the position in October 2014. He is currently serving his second term as President of The College, having initially served in this leadership position from

2004 to 2005.

A graduate of Harvard University and former President of Ramapo College of Jersey, Dr. Smith last served as Administrative Vice President at Hampton University (HU) in Virginia. In previous roles at Hampton, he served as Vice President for Planning, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of the Graduate College, Dean of Students, Director of Strategic Planning and Director of Assessment. In addition, while serving as administrative vice president he was a graduate professor in a PH.D. program; teaching a course in Strategy and Strategic Planning.

President Smith has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and strategic planning and has served as a consultant to institutions, boards and systems of higher education throughout the United States. From 2001 to 2004, he was the President of Ramapo College in New Jersey, during which time he initiated and implemented Ramapo's first strategic plan and led the expansion of new academic programs and campus facilities. At Hampton, he led efforts in several university-wide initiatives, including sustainable assessment of all academic and non-academic units, managerial and leadership development training, institution-wide customer service initiatives; and vast improvements in its NCAA Division I Athletics program.

Dr. Smith has also served as a trustee, chair and member of several national and international councils, associations and committees including the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, State Council for Higher Education of Virginia and the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. He most recently served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, and was Trustee for Hampton Roads Academy, a private college‐prep academy.

He holds a Doctorate of Education degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and a Master's Degree in Administration and Planning with a concentration in International Education from Harvard University. He also earned a Master's Degree in Clinical/Educational Psychology from Fisk University/Meharry Medical College Joint Program, and a B.A. in Psychology from Saint John's University in Minnesota.

Dr. Smith has also written a number of academic papers that appeared in leading international publications on a diverse range of subjects including "Hampton University Strengthens Its Culture of Quality With TracDat", "The Global Workforce Transition", "Academic Counseling as it Impacts Student Retention" and "Development Indicators for Use in UNICEF Street Children Program – Brazil". He is also the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and distinguished service and he has spoken before audiences across the United States, China, The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

He was an honorary President at Dahli University, Kunming Province, The Peoples Republic of China via the Sino‐American Cooperative Agreement and was inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon Academic Honor Society, Alpha Chi Chapter; Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society; and Delta Mu Delta, National Honor Society in Business Administration.