July 25, 2018
Dear students, staff and faculty,
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of two individuals to positions supporting important initiatives in our strategic plan.
Effective August 1, Borjana Mikic, the R. B. Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering, has been appointed to the newly established position of associate dean for integrative learning. In that role, she will advance and coordinate experiential learning opportunities for students. Reporting jointly to Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Joseph O’Rourke and Dean of the College and Vice President for Campus Life Susan Etheredge ’77, Borjana will work closely with staff and faculty in our centers and our concentrations program, and will oversee the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the Design Thinking Initiative, and the Wurtele Center for Leadership. By creating synergies among these areas, she will help shape programming, in collaboration with dedicated faculty and staff, in ways that resonate with the goals of a liberal arts education. Given Borjana’s strong record of innovation and creativity in her own field and in design thinking, she is well positioned to serve in this important role at the nexus of the curriculum and co-curriculum.
Effective August 30, Dina Venezky will serve as the first executive director for nondegree programs, reporting to Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Howard. Building on the success of our executive education and precollege summer programs, Dina will be responsible for expanding our offerings in the revenue-generating nondegree programs market, bringing Smith’s long experience in women’s education and leadership to broader audiences across the lifespan. Dina comes to Smith from executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Smith in 1992 and received her doctorate in geological sciences from Brown University. Expanding our revenue streams via nondegree offerings has been one of my key priorities since coming to Smith; I am confident that Dina’s experience in start-ups, executive education and academia, as well as her passion for Smith and women’s leadership, will advance this priority area in an innovative and strategic way.
Please join me in congratulating Borjana and Dina and supporting them in their new roles.
President, Smith College