Dr. Dwight Smith of Randolph, vice president of Academic Affairs at County College of Morris (CCM), was recently elected chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Academic Affairs Affinity Group for 2012-2013.
Prior to his recent election, Dr. Smith served as chair of the NJCCC Academic Affairs Affinity Group’s General Education Committee. In recognition of his service on that committee and on behalf of the state’s community colleges, he was awarded the 2011 Community College Spirit Award from the NJCCC. As part of his work with that group, Dr. Smith helped New Jersey’s community colleges to implement a common general education course approval process to make it easier for community college students to transfer their credits to one of the state’s four-year colleges and universities.
As chair of the Academic Affairs Affinity Group, Dr. Smith said, “My goal is to work with the other Academic Affairs officers to ensure that New Jersey’s community college students continue to receive a high-quality education, complete their associate’s degrees and are able to transfer their credits towards a bachelor’s degree if that is their goal.”
The NJCCC is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. An independent organization, the council functions as the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government, in addition to serving as the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.
Prior to joining CCM, Dr. Smith served in academic leadership roles at Miami Dade College, St. Louis Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Rutgers University and during his doctoral studies held the position of associate dean of students at Rutgers College.
In 2010, Dr. Smith co-authored a chapter in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ publication, General Education and Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice. He also provides service to the Middle States and Higher Learning Commission regional accreditation agencies.