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As an educator, psychologist, and administrator in the field of higher learning, Dr. Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D., has served each role in his career with the guiding philosophy of faith, integrity, and education. Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He went on to complete his Master of Arts in Clinical and Educational Psychology at Nashville’s Fisk University in a joint program with Meharry Medical College. At the pinnacle of his higher education, Dr. Rodney D. Smith received his Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1986.Dr. Rodney D. Smith's extensive background in multiple fields gave him the tools to enter a successful educational administrative career spanning more than 30 years, in both the United States and the Bahamas. In Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Smith worked as a director of school psychological services with the Ministry of Education. He arranged training for more than 2,000 educators and nurses in human relations development, in addition to initiating school psychology services for 60,000 children in the public school system of the Bahamas. He has held numerous other administrative positions, including program coordinator for the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University, and president of Ramapo University of New Jersey, as well as the College of the Bahamas.Dr. Rodney D. Smith's current position is as chief administrative and planning officer for Hampton University, a private, comprehensive educational institution in Virginia with a focus on the multicultural experience. Dr. Smith's responsibilities include varying aspects of strategic planning for the college, both in the short- and long-term. Recently, Dr. Smith participated in emergency management planning for colleges and universities at the Emergency Management Institute of the Department of Homeland Security.

Work experience

Mar 2008Present

Administrative Vice President and Chief Planning Officer

Hampton University

Chief Administration and Planning Officer, Member of the Presidents Cabinet. Represents the University externally.

Aug 2004Jul 2005


College of the Bahamas

Served as President and led national planning efforts to develop a University System.

Jun 2001Jun 2004

President and CEO

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Added new academic programs, restructured the senior administration, reorganized the College Foundation Board, significantly increased the number of campus facilities ($80.1+ million), increased fundraising, initiated and implemented the College’s first strategic plan, increased enrollment and overall SAT and GPA of entering students.

Sep 1999Jun 2001

Vice President for Planning and Dean of the Graduate College

Hampton University

Led all University Planning activities, working with Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Committee. Led al Graduate College academic program developments and restructured the Graduate College Council.


Sep 1983Jun 1986

Ed.D., Ed.M.

Harvard University

1986 Dissertation: Politico-Administrative Factors in Education Decentralization and Recentralization in English-Speaking Developing Countries. 


Ed.M., Administration, Planning with concentration in International Education

Sep 1974Jun 1976


Fisk University

Fisk University/Meharry Medical College Joint Program, Nashville, Tennessee Clinical/Educational Psychology