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Rodney Smith a finalist in West Virginia State University president search

Dr. Rodney Smith.

University of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney Smith is a finalist in West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) search for its 12th president.

Smith will participate in a “Meet the Finalists” forum on July 1. During that forum, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to ask Smith questions.

When contacted yesterday, Smith declined to comment.

The historically Black university, which is located in Institute, West Virginia, started its search for a new president in mid-January. 

A decision is expected to be made by July 13.

Smith previously served as College of The Bahamas (COB) president until he resigned in 2005 amid a plagiarism controversy.

The controversy arose after he made a speech at the college’s honor’s convocation. During that ceremony, Smith repeated a part of a speech used by then president of New York University Dr. John Sexton without attribution.

Despite the controversy, Smith was selected to succeed Dr. Betsy Boze as president of COB in 2014.

The college transitioned to a university in 2016 under his leadership.

He also established the President’s Gala Soirée which aimed at raising funds for endowed scholarships at UB, particularly for first-generation university students.

In 2017, the university’s board of trustees granted Smith a five-year contract. 





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