University of Pittsburgh
March 19, 2007

Sharon P. Smith Named President Of University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

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PITTSBURGH-Sharon P. Smith, vice chancellor for academic affairs, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and special projects advisor for National University and for the National University System, has been named president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, effective July 1, 2007.

Prior to being named to her positions at National University and the National University System, Smith served from 2001 to 2006 as professor of management systems and dean of the Colleges of Business and the Faculty of Business at Fordham University. She also was dean of the College of Business Administration at Fordham from 1990 to 2001. Smith's professional experience includes service as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a district manager for American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

"Sharon Smith is an accomplished administrator, a distinguished researcher and educator, and an experienced member of the financial services industry who has the talent and ability to lead the Greensburg campus to even higher levels of attainment and impact," said Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "We welcome Dr. Smith to the University of Pittsburgh community and have every confidence she will be successful in her new role."

"Dr. Smith has an established record of distinguished performance in strategic planning, reinvigorated academic programs, and administration," said Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor James V. Maher. "That background, combined with her strong interest in a team-oriented environment and her experience in working effectively with community leaders, will stand in her good stead as she helps to shape an exciting future for our academic efforts in Greensburg."

Smith has served as governor of the Security Traders Association from 1997 to 2005; a trustee of St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., from 1997 to 2006; chair of the Partners in Health Board of Trustees in 2000-02; president of the NASDAQ Stock Market Educational Foundation, Inc., in 2000; and public governor of NASD, Inc., from 2000 to 2006. She is the coauthor of "Finding the Best Business School for You: Looking Past the Rankings" (Praeger Publishers, 2006) and "Faculty Retirement in the Arts and Sciences" (Princeton University Press, 1991) and has published more than 40 professional articles and book reviews.

Smith was a Visiting Fellow with the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University during the 2005-06 academic year and a Visiting Senior Research Economist for Princeton University in 1988-90.

Smith received her A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in 1970; M.A. degree in 1972; and Ph.D. degree in 1974, all in economics from Rutgers University.