SFA has named Dr. Hollie Smith interim dean of student affairs after the departure of the previous dean, Dr. Adam Peck. She will fulfill the position while the University searches for a new dean. The search will begin after the new vice president of student affairs, Dr. Brandon Frye, starts on Feb. 4.
“I have the opportunity to help serve our students’ needs more than ever in this role,” Smith said. “I am eager to learn from this experience.”
Smith is a two-time SFA graduate, with both bachelor's and masters degrees in psychology. She has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She teaches in SFA's student affairs master’s program and the psychology department.
Smith will still be serving as the assistant dean of student affairs. In her role as interim dean, she will be supervising Counseling Services and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, co-advising Student Government Association, supervising COVID-19 contact tracing and chairing several institutional committees.
“I look forward to collaborating with various departments to accomplish strategic initiatives,” Smith said.
T.J. Maple, SFA coordinator of spirit programs, said he is confident in Smith's abilities to take on more than her work load and her ability to continue to work hand in hand with all of the programs she oversees in student affairs.
“[Smith] is definitely one in a million, and she cares and helps all of us in numerous ways,” Maple said. “She is the epitome of a team player, and that is what makes our department so special.”
Lacey Folsom, director of student engagement, reported to Smith in her assistant dean role and is eager to see how she will bring her compassion for students and pride for the University to this role.
“Her leadership style encourages collaboration,” Folsom said. “I look forward to not only how the area will grow under her guidance, but also what meaningful new partnerships she will build on campus.”
Jamie Bouldin, director of the center for career and professional development, has known Smith since 2009. She said Smith was one of the first people to welcome her to the University.
“Over the years, I have grown to admire her, and I really enjoy working with her,” Bouldin said. “Dr. Smith is hard working, genuine and dedicated to student success. Her creativity and initiative have helped create so many opportunities for students to get engaged on campus. She truly bleeds purple. We are lucky to have her in this role during a time of transition for our campus.”