County College of Morris (CCM) Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Dwight Smith, of Morris Township, recently was presented with the 2011 Community College Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) in recognition of his exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.
“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Ronald Winthers.
Dr. Smith was recognized for his leadership in coordinating New Jersey’s community colleges statewide general education initiatives. As a member of the New Jersey Community Colleges Academic Affairs Affinity Group, Dr. Smith serves as chair of the General Education Committee.
“New Jersey’s community colleges implemented a common general education framework in conjunction with the Lampitt transfer law so that students can seamlessly transfer their credits from community colleges to New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities,” Winthers said. “The work that Dr. Smith has done has had a direct impact on the lives of our 400,000 community college students throughout the state, and he is most deserving of this recognition.”
“We are honored to have the work Dr. Smith has undertaken to implement a common general education platform among community colleges in New Jersey recognized in this manner,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “Dr. Smith is a talented administrator with a passion for ensuring for the success of community college students not only at CCM but across the state.”
Prior to joining CCM, Dr. Smith served in academic leadership roles at Miami Dade College, St. Louis Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Rutgers University and during his doctoral studies served as associate dean of students at Rutgers College.
In 2010, Dr. Smith co-authored a chapter in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ publication, General Education and Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice. He also provides service to the Middle States and Higher Learning Commission regional accreditation agencies.
The NJCCC is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government, in addition to serving as the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.