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Smith to get double honors at RCC’s 41st commencement

Ceremony is Friday in Warsaw

Dean Leslie Smith

At Rappahannock Community College’s 41st commencement, Dean Leslie Smith will be accorded double recognition. Not only is Smith the featured speaker for the event, she has also been invited to bear the college mace in the procession. The latter honor marks Smith as one of a distinguished group of individuals who have been singled out over RCC’s 43-year history as outstanding examples of service and leadership.

Smith’s position as dean of technology and distance learning involves seeing to it that RCC’s students, faculty and staff have the training and the technology tools they need to be successful. “My staff and I also make sure that we provide high-quality distance learning offerings, so that students can take classes without the constraints of time and place,” says Smith. “When I started at RCC, my plan was to stay for two years. Forty years later, I can honestly say that I have loved my roles at RCC, and I continue to be passionate about the college, about technology, and about education.” Her most rewarding experience as an instructor, she says, was seeing her students learn and grow.

Prior to Smith’s January 2014 retirement, she intends to develop a technology plan for the college that will “provide a roadmap for the next two years.” She will not leave RCC altogether, however. “My first love was teaching, and I plan to return to my roots by teaching some online software courses.”

Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Radford University, and has also completed graduate coursework from Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University in order to meet the requirements for a full professorship at RCC. Before coming to RCC, in her early 20s, she served as an administrative assistant with the Farmers Home Administration, then taught at New River Community College as an adjunct while attending graduate school.

The public is cordially invited to attend the commencement ceremony, which will be held on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., on the front lawn at RCC’s Warsaw Campus.

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posted 05.08.2013

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