Harvey-Smith tapped to lead Pittsburgh Technical College

From staff reports

OAKDALE, Pa. – Alicia B. Harvey-Smith has been named president of Pittsburgh Technical College.

Harvey-Smith, whose appointment will be effective July 1, brings nearly three decades of experience in academic leadership to the school, which formerly was Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

“Pittsburgh Technical College could not be more pleased to welcome Harvey-Smith. Throughout her career, she has embraced the values that are the foundation PTC is built on — providing an immersive, career-focused education,” said Eli Shorak, chair of PTC’s presidential search committee. “She is a deeply engaged leader who has a demonstrated history of emphasizing skills-based, experiential education, the very tenets of PTC.”

Harvey-Smith said she is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I am deeply honored and excited to serve as the next president of Pittsburgh Technical College, and I thank the board for their confidence and support as we embark upon this exciting journey together,” she said.

Harvey-Smith is a learning-centered educator with 30 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, enrollment management, government and corporate partnerships and student achievement. She is currently the executive vice chancellor of Lone Star College in Houston.

There she led system-wide efforts for strategic planning and assessment with internal and external constituencies.

In her current role, Harvey-Smith serves as accreditation liaison for Lone Star College. Her multiple years of postsecondary leadership have made her knowledgeable about regional accreditation standards and principles, a valuable asset to PTC and the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation.

“I look forward to working with the college’s board, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community stakeholders to write the next chapter of the Pittsburgh Technical College story, to build upon its legacy of achievement and to position it as a college of first choice among associate- and bachelor-degree-granting institutions,” she said.

Harvey-Smith’s previous experience includes serving as president and CEO of River Valley Community College in New Hampshire and as vice president of student affairs at Baltimore City Community College.

She earned her doctorate from the University of Maryland, her master of science degree from Johns Hopkins University, her bachelor of science degree from Morgan State University and a certificate of completion from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Seminars for Presidential Leadership. She was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, and she served on the association’s executive board.

“We are deeply indebted to Eileen Riley Steffan for serving as interim president during the past year,” said Harold Maley, chair of the PTC board of trustees. “Her steadfast leadership ensured that PTC continued to advance in our mission to provide employers career-ready graduates.”

Harvey-Smith will join the PTC campus in August.

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