Vernon C. Smith, Ph.D.

Provost, American Public University System
Dr. Vernon C. Smith serves as the Provost of the American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University) by leading innovation for access, equity, and quality, while reducing costs and barriers to student success. This includes the promotion of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the use of big data for predictive modeling and teaching excellence.
Prior to American Public University System, Dr. Smith served as Vice Provost, Distributed Learning and Instructional Technology at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco) as well as oversaw the successful launch of Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's University (Los Angeles) through MyCollege Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates funded initiative where he served as the founding Chief Academic Officer and Provost. He served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Salado College (Tempe), the largest public, online two-year community college. He has an extensive background in distance learning issues and practices, including effective assessment and retention strategies, and the use of big data for predictive modeling and student success.
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