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President’s Cabinet

David DeSwert

David DeSwert

Associate Vice President for Finance
David DeSwert oversees the college’s annual operating and capital budgets and is responsible for guiding the college's medium- and long-term financial planning. Specific budget responsibilities include supporting the development of the annual budget and creating and implementing approaches for financial analysis, forecasting, planning and reporting. In addition, he is responsible for the fiduciary administration and oversight of all government and private grants and contracts, with an emphasis on post-award administration and accounting.

Patricia DiBartolo

Patricia DiBartolo ’89

Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development
Patricia DiBartolo is the associate dean of the faculty/dean for academic development and director of graduate programs. She works with the Smith faculty to shape the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to advance their professional development through all stages of their careers. DiBartolo has longstanding research interests in investigating the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, especially anxiety, in both adult and youth samples. More recently, her research interests have expanded to include teaching and learning about the scientific method.

Samantha Earp

Samantha Earp

Vice President for Information Technology
Samantha Earp is responsible for leading the college’s core information technology, operations and services and oversees the Information Technology Services group. She is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of services, the delivery of critical initiatives, and the development and implementation of a vision for IT that aligns resources and priorities with the college’s current and emerging goals. Earp came to Smith in September 2016 from Harvard University, where she was executive director of HarvardX, a university-wide strategic initiative that creates open online learning experiences for residential and online learners. Previously, Earp was the managing director for academic technology services at Harvard and spent 12 years in information and academic technology roles at Duke University. 

Susan Etheredge

Susan Etheredge ’77

Dean of the College and Vice President for Campus Life
Susan Etheredge was appointed dean of the college and vice president for campus life in December 2017. Her areas of responsibility include the class deans office; the Ada Comstock Scholars Program; the dean of students office, which includes student affairs, student engagement and residential life; international study; athletics; disability services; health and counseling services; religious and spiritual life; the Lazarus Center for Career Development; the Wurtele Center for Leadership; the Lewis Global Studies Center; and the Jandon Center for Community Engagement. Etheredge, a 20-year member of the faculty, previously served as associate dean of the faculty, inaugural director of first-year seminars, and director of Smith’s JYA Florence program.

Laurie Fenlason

Laurie Fenlason

Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Laurie Fenlason serves as the chief public affairs officer of the college and counsel to the president on matters of institutional strategy and planning, strategic communication, visibility and constituent relations. She oversees the Office of College Relations/Public Affairs, which is responsible for campus communications, media relations, alumnae and development communications, publications, digital communications and social media, special events, community relations and government relations. Her staff also oversees Smith-branded and external summer programs and the Smith College Conference Center.

Michael Howard

Michael W. Howard

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Mike Howard is responsible for all matters related to the financial operation of the college, including financial planning, accounting, and the college’s relationship with Investure, the consortial investment office. In addition, he has responsibility for human resources, facilities management, dining services, environmental sustainability and campus police. Howard came to Smith in 2014 from MIT where he served as vice president for finance.

Joanna Olin

Joanna Olin

Chief of Staff
As chief of staff, Joanna Olin serves as a strategic adviser to President McCartney and works to advance her institutional goals by managing office staff and protocols, supporting presidential committees and meetings, overseeing presidential correspondence and events and coordinating special projects. She is responsible for ensuring that the president is scheduled, briefed and staffed effectively, in order to use her time and attention in the most strategic ways. In addition, Olin works with other cabinet members to advance key college initiatives. Olin came to Smith in 2018 from a similar role at Hampshire College. She holds a B.A. from St. Michael’s College and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law.

Joe O'Rourke

Joseph O'Rourke

Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Joe O'Rourke serves as Smith's chief academic officer and is responsible for the curriculum and for support for faculty teaching and research. He chairs the Committee on Academic Priorities and oversees the long-term composition of the faculty. O'Rourke came to Smith in 1988 from Johns Hopkins University to found and chair the computer science department. The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor of Computer Science, he is also a professor of mathematics and director of statistical and data sciences. His research is in the field of computational geometry, where he has authored or coauthored six books. His latest book, How to Fold It, is written for high-school students. He has coauthored more than 30 papers with undergraduates.

Elena Palladino

Elena Palladino

Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the College
Elena Palladino serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the College. She supports the work of the board and serves as custodian of official college records. Elena is a graduate of Simmons College and holds an Ed.M. in higher education from Harvard University.

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development
Bill Peterson manages the academic budget of the college overseen by the provost. He chairs the Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development and the Committee on Study Abroad. He has responsibility for faculty development, support in research and teaching, and serves as the director of sponsored research. Among his responsibilities are the Botanic Garden, the Clark Science Center, the Campus School, and non-tenure track faculty recruitment and hiring.

Beth Balmuth Raffeld

Beth Balmuth Raffeld

Vice President for Development
Beth Balmuth Raffeld came to Smith in 2013 having previously served MIT as the executive director of the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships. Beth manages all Smith development programs—major and principal gifts, The Smith Fund, international development, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving and Smith’s Executive Education program. Additionally, Raffeld oversees the Women for the World Campaign. She serves as an adviser to the president and the Board of Trustees on issues related to development. Beth began her development career in the early 1980s serving Smith College as a major gift officer during President Mary Maples Dunn’s tenure.

Audrey Smith

Audrey Smith

Vice President for Enrollment
Audrey Smith is responsible for all aspects of undergraduate student recruitment, selection, enrollment, financial aid and undergraduate student records for the college. She oversees the admission, registrar and Student Financial Services offices, and provides institutional leadership in developing and implementing student recruitment and financial aid strategies. Her responsibilities include articulating annual and long-term admission goals, developing strategies to meet financial aid and revenue goals, ensuring compliance in the areas of student records, billing and financial aid for the college and School for Social Work, and supporting the college's priorities of excellence and diversity in its student body.