Alicia Harvey Smith

Alicia Harvey SmithAlicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D. is a senior level executive and learning-centered leader in higher education with thirty years of successful experience. Her experience in higher education is diverse, expansive and comprehensive.

A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Harvey-Smith is committed to leadership excellence, institutional performance and student-success and has positively influenced the lives of countless students, faculty and administrators. She has held a variety of positions in higher education from Executive Director, Dean, Vice-President, to Executive Vice Chancellor and President/CEO.

Dr. Harvey-Smith is currently the President/CEO of Pittsburgh Technical College, the first Black female to hold the post of this private non-profit college in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1946 as a single-discipline career training school, PTC has expanded to nine schools with thirty programs, in Trades and Technology, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Building Technology, Business, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Design, Healthcare, Energy and Electronics Technology, and Information Technology.

Dr. Harvey-Smith was previously Executive Vice Chancellor at Lone Star College, in Texas serving more than 95,000 students annually, there she led strategic planning and assessment, as well as, the institution’s academic, student services and accreditation efforts, previously she served as the President/CEO of River Valley Community College in NH. During her tenure she stabilized enrollment, expanded educational access, opened new Academic Training Center in Lebanon, NH and regained national nursing reaccreditation.

Considered a thought leader in the learning college and student success movements, her expertise in executive development, teaching and learning excellence, corporate training and development, strategic planning and public/private partnership development provide her a unique set of skills to comprehensively position organizations for extraordinary success.

She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park, M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University, B.S. from Morgan State University and was competitively selected and completed Harvard Graduate School of Education: Institutes of Higher Education for College/University Presidents.

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