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UHV announces interim president

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Aug. 12, 2010 at 3:12 a.m.


The University of Houston-Victoria has a familiar face as a new interim president.

The University of Houston system appointed Don Noel Smith, former UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs, to the position Thursday.

Smith, who is retired and lives in San Antonio, is expected to move into the university next week after his approval from the UH System Board of Regents.

He said he was surprised when he received the call about the position, but is happy to take the job.

"It's a new era for the institution and certainly something new for the city of Victoria as well to have a residential university starting out," he said.

Smith accepted the position following the resignation of former president Tim Hudson last week. A national search is underway for a new president, but the process could take anywhere from six months to a year.

UHV Provost Suzanne LaBrecque believes Smith will help guide the university through its first months as a four-year university.

"He'll be a real calming influence on the university community as well as the kind of motivator to keep moving the excellence of the university forward," she said.

Smith said he looks forward to working with the Crossroads Commission on Education in supporting university growth.

"I will be glad to work with any group in Victoria that has an interest in higher education and education in general," he said.

Smith joined UHV in 1987 as dean for academic affairs. He remained in that post until 1993 when he became vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculties at the State University of West Georgia.

He returned to UHV in 1995, serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs until his retirement in 2006.

He and Mona, his wife of 43 years, have two children and four grandchildren.

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