posts to be filled at U.Va.-Wise
Virginia educator David Smith will become the next Provost and
Senior Vice Chancellor of the University
of Virginias College at Wise, Chancellor Steven Kaplan
announced last month. Smith has been dean of the School of Education
and Human Services at Longwood College for five years. He will
begin work at U.Va.-Wise in June 2002, after George E. Culbertson
worked at the college for more than 30 years, including a term
as interim chancellor.
native of Roanoke, Smith began his undergraduate education by
taking extension courses offered by the University of Virginia. In
fact, it was Samuel Crockett, the U.Va. administrator largely
responsible for the creation of U.Va.-Wise, who registered Smith
for his first classes.
college has a very important place in the development of students
in Southwest Virginia and an important place in the community
in terms of economic development, support for schools and support
for families, Smith said.
graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Smith earned
masters and doctoral degrees in special education from Columbia
Eldridge, a fundraising professional with more than two decades
of experience in higher education, has been named Vice Chancellor
for Development and College Relations at the University of Virginias
College at Wise, taking the post this month.
was Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs at Western
Carolina University for five years. During her tenure, she was
responsible for building new fund-raising and advancement programs
to increase Westerns visibility. Eldridge successfully
organized a 12-county grass roots campaign to garner support for
North Carolinas $3.1 billion Public Higher Education Bond
Referendum, which brought Western $98.4 million for campus renovations
native of Rye, N.Y., Eldridge completed her undergraduate education
at Connecticut College and her masters degree at Boston
College. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education
leadership from the University of Tennessee.