The former superintendent joins Missouri Western's staff as a program development liaison in the Western Institute.
Smith's role in the part-time position includes helping adults through a degree-completion program called Back to Western. The early goal for the program was to recruit former Missouri Western students, but it is also open to any adult who has prior college credits, regardless of where the credits were earned.
"I started college after being in the work world for a while," said Smith. "Completing my bachelor's degree as an adult was the springboard to my career as a teacher and to my later graduate work and eventual role as a superintendent. I personally know the challenges of working on a degree as an adult and the greatly enhanced opportunities that can result from completing a degree. I am excited to return to the University from which I earned my first college degree and to be able to help other adults to achieve a degree that will help them and their families."
Smith spent 25 years with the St. Joseph School District before announcing her retirement last December.