Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith serves as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Harris-Stowe State University. Collins Smith has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience with an extensive background in administration and program development. She began her career in higher education at Harris-Stowe State University in 2010 as a project coordinator in the Office of Counseling Services. She has also served the institution as associate provost, assistant provost and as executive director of the Center for Career Engagement.
Her key accomplishments include rebranding of the university’s career services and academic advising departments and university wide math pathway implementation. Dr. Collins Smith is the co-principal investigator of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to substantially strengthen STEM in the state of Missouri, the largest grant in the history of Harris-Stowe. She currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the nation’s largest regional accreditation body. She also served as the campus team lead for the following initiatives; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Re-Imagine First Year Project, the Strada Foundation Measuring College Value project, the Complete College America MSI Initiative, the Ascendium Project Success Initiative and the Gallup Alumni Survey Project.
Dr. Collins Smith serves as chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration Commission of Missouri and board member for Downtown STL, Inc. She has served as a member of the College Kids Advisory Board, Chouteau Greenway Community Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Group, and the Near North Side Choice Neighborhood Community Partnership. She served on both the Alumni Board of Directors and Alumni Foundation Board for the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Dr. Collins Smith has received several leadership and service awards including the Equal Education Opportunity Group Pioneer Award, Resilience in Action Merchant of Hope Award, Delux Magazine’s Power 100 in Education award, the NAACP Ben Hooks Community Leader award and the AKA Central Region’s Outstanding Educational Advancement Captain award. She is a 2019 Millennium Leadership Initiative Protégé, a St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellow and a Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellow.
Collins Smith earned an educational doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. She holds a master of social work degree and a master of public health degree from Saint Louis University. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, where she majored in social work.
Dr. Edward Louis Hill Jr., an accomplished administrator, scholar, and teacher, Dr. Edward Hill brings to the Associate Provost role a deep-rooted commitment to academic excellence, student success, access and inclusion, and a keen awareness of how to create effective cross-divisional collaborations between academic affairs and student affairs that will positively impact the lives of students and change society. He has extensive acumen and in the realm of accreditation and continuous improvement. He has developed and executed a five-year strategic plan that focused on: Quality and Distinctiveness of Student Success, Academic Reputation, Flagship Programs and Community Outreach, and Technology for 21st century University.
Dr. Hill has a long administrative career in both K-12 and higher education. During his career, he has served as an administrator in both public and private universities, overseeing professional programs and liberal arts in environments serving undergraduates, graduates, traditional and non-traditional students. He has worked with active duty military and veteran students. He has previously served as coordinator of a Troops to Teachers Initiative.
Dr. Hill has received many awards and commendations for excellence in teaching and outstanding administrative service. Dr. Hill has published in the areas of educational leadership, school culture, and cultural responsive teaching and has obtained numerous grants and research awards for the enhancement of teacher quality and preparation.
Dr. Hill’s proven strategies for increasing academic achievement for African American males has been featured in the 2008 Publication State of Black South Carolina. Hill has served as chair of several state and national committees that have examined and identified effective strategies and best practice for increasing male student enrollment and retention at minority-serving institutions.
Dr. Hill is a sought after motivational and professional development speaker.
Hill received the Key the City of Charlotte North Carolina for his moving motivation monologue entitled “And Then We Came to Memphis. He was invited to an International Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia to discuss the Plight of Males in the Global Education System.
Dr. Hill is a servant leader committed to serving the community. Dr. Hill has been an active member of numerous organizations including Rotary Club, Toastmasters, local Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corporations, Boys and Girls Club, and is the founder of the school-based fatherhood engagement initiative D.A.D.S. (Developing a Demonstrating Society). He recently received the Humanitarian Award for Community Service sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.
Dr. Hill received a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University in 2005, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia College in 1999, and a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Morehouse College in 1993. In addition, Dr. Hill has participated in several executive leadership development programs including, Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), Deans of Impact Fellowship, William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and the Executive Leadership Institute of the University System of Georgia.
“I am extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to assist President Bradford, the Division of Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Deans, staff, and students in achieving more academic notoriety and acclaim. I am drawn to the quality of our academic programs, the unique mission of the organization, and collaborative initiatives. There are many visible opportunities to assist the Division of Academic Affairs and Policy in the advancing of the academic enterprise of Harris Stowe State University. “
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