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Binghamton University Names New Assistant Vice President for Career Programs and Experiential Education

July 11, 2017

Dr. Kelli K. SmithBINGHAMTON, NY— The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton University announces that Kelli K. Smith, director of University Career Services, will become assistant vice president for career programs and experiential education effective July 13. In this unique role, Smith will
provide overall vision and leadership for the Center for Civic Engagement, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the Public Speaking Lab, Emerging Leaders and the SUNY Global Leadership Experience. She will also join the Student Affairs Leadership Team and focus on developing and promoting student success initiatives supporting high-impact learning.

Smith joined Binghamton University in June 2014, when she was charged to lead the new Fleishman Center and transform the career services function for campus. Under her leadership, the Fleishman Center has seen staffing growth, strengthened collaborations across campus and has tripled attendance at career programs. This past June, the Fleishman Center earned international recognition with a top career center award from the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The Fleishman Center has implemented the unique Career Consultant in Residence model, Career Champions faculty/staff appreciation program, Connections for Success sophomore professional development and leadership retreat, Visions Federal Credit Union Financial Wellness program, Washington, D.C. employer visits for students, and also established the University’s Career Coordinating Council. Smith regularly writes, presents and consults in the field.

“After completing a search, Kelli’s record of success in career and professional development, her passion for high-impact learning, and her understanding of the broader issues surrounding experiential learning and higher education trends make her uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” said Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs. “Kelli will lead the division’s important efforts in support of the University’s strategic priority to provide a transformative learning community that prepares students for advanced education, careers and purposeful living. Having a strong understanding of the campus culture, I am confident she will foster even stronger collaborations with faculty and departments across campus, and build beneficial partnerships in the local community and nationally to increase opportunities for Binghamton students. I am delighted she will be undertaking this new role.”

“I am both excited and humbled to be selected for this role,” Smith said. “Every area of responsibility reflects a passion of mine, and it will be an honor to serve this exceptional University and students in a new way. The leadership of our campus is extraordinarily visionary and greatly values student success, and I look forward to working with more great teams to help facilitate that success in an even bigger way.”

Smith has 24 years of progressive higher education leadership experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master’s in student affairs administration from Indiana University-Bloomington and a PhD in leadership studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently serves as Binghamton’s primary campus representative for the SUNY Applied Learning Council and SUNY Global Leadership Experience Program. Her relevant publications include the Jossey-Bass/Wiley sourcebook, Strategic Directions for Career Services Within the University Setting (December, 2014), and the chapter, “Preparing students for after-college life: The context,” in Stepping Up to Stepping Out: Helping Students Prepare for Life after College (June, 2012). A forthcoming publication is the Jossey-Bass/Wiley sourcebook, Leadership Development for Career Readiness in University Setting (February, 2018).