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CPE names Rick Smith to lead workforce and economic development

Smith brings decades of experience in higher education and private sector roles
Rick W. Smith Sr

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announces Rick W. Smith Sr. will serve as the council’s new associate vice president for workforce and economic development.

Smith has held key leadership and development positions at the Kentucky College of Art Design, Kentucky State University and Northern Pennsylvania Regional College. He most recently served as the president and CEO of the United Way of Ross County, Ohio. He has also held leadership roles in health care administration, public relations, business development and nonprofit leadership over the past three decades.

As an integral member of the president’s executive team, Smith will develop and coordinate efforts to align postsecondary programs and policies with the state’s workforce and economic development needs.  His first day will be July 1.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication from the University of Louisville, a master’s in business administration from Kennedy Western University and a master’s in philanthropic studies from Indiana-Purdue University. He is a doctoral candidate enrolled in Bradley University’s Higher Education Leadership Program.