PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 17, 2017) — National University of Natural Medicine has appointed Glenn C. Smith, EdD, to the position of associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students. Smith is a college administrator and educator with more than 30 years of experience, marked by progressively increased responsibility in positions dedicated to student affairs and learning. Most recently, Smith served as vice president of student affairs and executive vice provost at Concordia University in Portland.
Smith will oversee all areas related to student affairs: student services, events and operations; counseling, health and safety programs; academic success; and the Office of the Registrar. Smith’s depth of experience in a growing and dynamic learning environment is ideally suited to NUNM, said Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Gerald Bores.
“The pressure facing medical students can’t be overstated. The university is responsible for providing all the support services that our students require to successfully navigate the academic terrain even as a host of life experiences may intervene to take them off stride,” Bores said. “We’re fortunate to find an experienced administrator like Glenn who understands the student experience in today’s world.”
As NUNM’s Title IX coordinator, Smith will also be responsible to ensure that NUNM provides a diverse and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff, a priority for NUNM, Bores said. “Building a campus that reflects the diversity of the world around us will be a measure of our success as we continue to grow.”
Smith received his Doctor of Education degree from Portland State University and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. In addition to his many years of service at Concordia, he has worked at St. Thomas University in Miami and Whitworth College in Spokane. He has held a number of executive positions from the academic to the administrative, with oversight ranging from admissions to online education and instructional design, among other areas.
Smith won the recognition of his peers for his work with students when he was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean at the 2015 Western Regional Conference of NASPA, the national organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Said Bores: “Glenn has a deep understanding of the student academic experience in all its aspects. His practical experience in multiple areas will be highly beneficial as NUNM grows.”
Founded in 1956, NUNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America and a leading educational authority in natural medicine education and research. In addition to its new undergraduate programs NUNM offers a number of doctoral and master’s degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, integrative medicine research, nutrition, sports medicine, and global and mental health. NUNM Health Centers, the SIBO Center for Digestive Health, and NUNM’s affiliated Portland metro community clinics provide healthcare services to many thousands of patients each year. Visit https://nunm.edu for more information.