UB Transitional Board of Trustees Extends President Rodney D. Smith’s Contract

UB Transitional Board of Trustees Extends President Rodney D. Smith’s Contract

UB Transitional Board of Trustees Extends President Rodney D. Smith’s Contract

Chair of the University of The Bahamas (UB) Transitional Board of Trustees Dr. Earl A. Cash announced today that UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith has been granted a new five-year contract, effective 1st August 2017.

President Smith will continue to lead UB on a path of inclusion and innovation, having presided over a revitalized momentum to build a vibrant University System. The University System incorporates campuses in New Providence, Grand Bahama and San Salvador, continuing education centres in Abaco and Exuma and UB online learning.

Since its charter on 10th November 2016, when it transitioned from the College of The Bahamas (COB), UB is continuing to undergo a pivotal transformation in academic development, operational efficiencies and infrastructure. Dr. Smith’s vision and leadership have been instrumental in this process. During his inauguration, he shared a strong vision for the University’s growth and outreach.

UB has initiated the process for national and international accreditation. As it remains responsive and relevant, new graduate and professional degrees will be added. Manual systems for recruitment, data management and financial administration are being automated. In addition, new opportunities for public-private sector partnerships are being cultivated. These are critical priorities in order to achieve UB’s mission.

Under the current administration, as access to the University is expanded, planning is underway for the institution’s first and largest single fundraising event – the President’s Gala Soirée scheduled for 11th November 2017. The soirée will raise much needed funding for endowed scholarships at UB, particularly for first-generation university students.

The former Senior Administrative Vice President at Hampton University and past President of Ramapo College of New Jersey, Dr. Smith was appointed President of COB effective 6th October 2014. He has the distinction of serving as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of University of The Bahamas.