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Top posts to be filled at U.Va.-Wise

David Smith
David Smith

Veteran Virginia educator David Smith will become the next Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of the University of Virginia’s 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 retires.

Culbertson worked at the college for more than 30 years, including a term as interim chancellor.

A 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.

“The 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.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Smith earned master’s and doctoral degrees in special education from Columbia University.

Claire Eldridge

Claire 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 Virginia’s College at Wise, taking the post this month.

Eldridge 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 Western’s visibility. Eldridge successfully organized a 12-county grass roots campaign to garner support for North Carolina’s $3.1 billion Public Higher Education Bond Referendum, which brought Western $98.4 million for campus renovations and construction.

A native of Rye, N.Y., Eldridge completed her undergraduate education at Connecticut College and her master’s degree at Boston College. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Tennessee.

— Jane Meade-Dean


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