Peter P. SMITH (USA)

Mr. Peter Smith

Mandate: August 2005 – 2006  

Mr Smith was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in 2005.

Born in 1945, Mr Smith obtained a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History from Princeton University in 1968, an M.A. degree in teaching (1970) and a Ph.D. in Education Administration, Planning and Social Policy (1984), both from Harvard University.

Mr Smith began his career in higher education in 1970 when he founded and served as President of the Community College of Vermont (1970-78). In 1986, he became Vice-President (1986-1988) of Norwich University, Vermont (USA). Between 1991 and 1994, he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at George Washington University. Since 1994, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and Founding President of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically undereducated and low-income populations.

A native of Vermont, Mr Smith served that State as State Senator (1980-1982), Lieutenant Governor (1982-1986), and a Member of the U. S. House of Representatives (1989-1990).

Mr Smith is the author of books and numerous articles in his fields of specialization including “The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education is Failing America" (Anker, 2004). He has also contributed to the boards of various national and international bodies such as the National Centre for Higher Education Management Systems and the Carnegie Forum on Education and Economic Development. He is a recipient of several awards, distinctions, including an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Norwich University.


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