President Smith to Speak at Devotional Jan. 7

· January 5, 2011

Southern Virginia University President Rodney K. Smith will address the campus community on Friday, January 7, at a devotional at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center.

President Smith will address the state of the university and speak about the nature and importance of friendship.

President Smith was appointed as Southern Virginia’s president in June 2004. Before that time, he served as interim dean and Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis. He also has taught or served as dean at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Capital University, The University of Montana, The University of San Diego, Widener University and The University of North Dakota.

President Smith received a bachelor’s degree from Western Colorado State in 1973 and a juris doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1977. He then went on to earn a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

He and his wife, Danielle, have eight children and 19 grandchildren. Two of their children, Georgi Ana and Charlie, are serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Community members and Southern Virginia faculty, staff and students are invited to hear forum and devotional speakers each Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center. Recordings of past forum and devotional speeches may be accessed online.