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Vernon Smith, Vice Provost for Distributed Learning

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Vernon Smith, Vice Provost for Distributed Learning, Announces Departure

Office of the ProvostSep 26, 2016

Vernon Smith, Vice Provost for Distributed Learning, has accepted an appointment as Provost and Senior Vice President at American Public University System (APUS), effective November 1. His last day at Pacific is October 21. APUS, composed of American Military University and American Public University, is an institution that focuses on educating those who serve in the military and national security, as first responders, and other service-minded civilians.

Vernon joined Pacific in 2014. During his time at Pacific, Vernon has had many accomplishments. He was responsible for the reestablishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and launch of instructional and media design services, which was funded through a SIF proposal. The CTL supports Pacific faculty, promotes excellence in teaching, and encourages the adoption of technology and pedagogical techniques that promote student success. Vernon also served as interim director while leading the search for the CTL's new director. He successfully guided the efforts to identify and implement a new learning management system, Canvas, to replace Sakai, with minimal interruption during course migration.

Vernon worked with the San Francisco and Sacramento campuses to support new graduate programs, managed the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), and initiated the University's process to meet State Authorization requirements. Most recently, he worked with Technology in Education Chair Jeff Shafer, University Librarian Mary Somerville, and Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer Art Sprecher to identify gaps in Pacific's academic technology and develop a draft blueprint to address them.

Provost Pallavicini expressed her appreciation for Vernon's insight and contributions as a member of her leadership team, his service on numerous committees, and his representation of Pacific at national conferences, stating, "His insights and broad academic experience have provided a different perspective that has helped position Pacific to reach a new student population of working adults."

During this time of transition, the Provost's office is identifying short-term coverage for many of Vernon's ongoing projects as it begins the search for leadership in this area.

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