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Smith, Robert M.



Robert M. Smith began his career at Slippery Rock University in 1999 as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. During his tenure as provost, Smith was instrumental in turning around declining enrollment and improving retention at SRU. He was a member of the Slippery Rock downtown revitalization project. In 2002 Smith was appointed interim President and was subsequently hired as President, the role he filled until his retirement in 2012. While president, Smith worked to revitalize the SRU campus which culminated in 12 new buildings, including the Robert M. Smith Student Center, 8 building renovations, and a “Green Fund” to implement sustainability efforts across campus. Smith was determined to make SRU a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. He implemented four Presidential Commissions that created programs, workshops, and symposia to ensure all groups on campus were heard and represented.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Dr. Robert M. Smith Collection

Identifier: 3-17-2
Content Description

This collection consists of records documenting Robert Smith’s career at Slippery Rock University. The bulk of the material is from 1999-2012, and includes papers and correspondence relating to the conclussion of G. Warren Smith as president and Robert Smith’s transition into the presidency. The collection also includes awards, photographs, various print and digital media, publications, memorabilia, and ephemera.

Dates: 1906 - 2012; Majority of material found within 2002 - 2012

Materials from Dr. Robert M. Smith's Tenure

Identifier: 3-17-1
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various memorabilia and photographs dating from approximately 1974 to 2012 that were accumulated during President Robert M. Smith's tenure at Slippery Rock University.

Dates: 1974 - 2012

ROCKvoices: The Oral History Project of Slippery Rock University

Identifier: 120-15
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of interviews with current and former SRU faculty, staff, presidents, and alumni.

Dates: 2008 - 2022

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Advanced Science and Technology Building- -Slippery Rock University 1
Campus buildings of Slippery Rock University 1
China 1
Founders Hall dormitory- -Slippery Rock, PA 1
Inaugurations 1