Malcolm Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs
Malcolm Smith, was named vice president for student affairs in January 2020. Smith joined Salve as the dean of students in August 2013. From July through December of 2019, he served as the interim vice president for student affairs.
At the present time, Smith is continuing his duties as acting dean of students; however, a search to fill the assistant vice president/dean of students position on a permanent basis is anticipated to begin in the near term. Smith has a career in higher education that spans two decades, with expertise in all aspects of student life, including student conduct and advocacy, retention efforts, policy writing, housing management, and budget oversight, among others. For three years, he served as the University’s Title IX coordinator.
Since arriving at Salve Regina as dean of students, Smith’s top priority has been to promote student success. He has gained students’ respect across campus as a staunch advocate for their voices and concerns. In his own words, Smith states that he “is genuine with students.” He believes students find it easier to talk to and be honest with someone they know cares about and respects them. Even when sharing hard truths, students never doubt that he has their interests first in mind.
During his tenure at Salve Regina, Smith led the revision of the University’s sexual misconduct policy, established the Student Conduct Hearing Board to give students a stronger voice in the University judicial process, developed a Behavioral Intervention Team to include key departments across campus, and developed a review and standards committee to give students, faculty, and staff input on proposed revisions to conduct policies.
Smith has also provided strong leadership throughout the global pandemic and been instrumental in developing the policies and protocols that have helped Salve bring students back for a residential learning experience during fall 2020. Among his colleagues and direct reports, he is regarded as a collaborative leader who readily makes himself available to support his staff and to discuss their work. Smith is respected for empowering his directors to work autonomously where possible and to also work harmoniously as members of a larger Student Affairs team. He recognizes his directors as experts in their respective areas of responsibility and views each individual as a solutions-oriented partner, vested in supporting student success.
Active in the Newport community, Smith has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Newport Community School, the Women’s Resource Center, and Quest Montessori School.
Well-respected among student life professionals across the country, Smith has presented on both national and regional levels as a member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Title IX Administrators, and the Association for Student Conduct Administration. He was the recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s 2006 Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professionals.
Prior to his arrival at Salve Regina, Smith served as assistant dean of students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was part of a team advocating for and supporting an urban university of approximately 27,000 students. Before that, he was interim director of university judiciaries at Ohio University and director of judicial and external affairs at John Carroll University. He has a B.A. in elementary education and an M.Ed. in college student personnel, both from Ohio University.