SMITH BUSINESS Magazine
Volume 13 No. 1 SPRING 2012

Associate Dean Pat Cleveland Retires

When Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Pat Cleveland began to think about retirement, she couldn’t bring herself to leave the Smith School entirely. In the spring of 2012 she will step down to join the faculty of the department of management and organization as a lecturer. Her reason: the undergraduate students at Smith.

“My job has been to make the undergraduate program at the Smith school as successful as possible,” Cleveland explained, adding that this responsibility meant working closely with students. “It is also my job to make the students’ experience fun and educationally value-added – all the while preparing them for the world after graduation as best we could.”

Since joining Smith in 1998, Cleveland has created numerous programs, services, events and activities for the undergrads, including the Smith Undergraduate Fellows Programs, STARS (Smith Talent Acquisition and Referral System) and SUSA (Smith Undergraduate Student Association). She also helped launch the Smith undergraduate program at Shady Grove, has served on the university’s Diversity Task Force, and led the first undergraduate global study trips to Hong Kong, Tunisia and Thailand.

During her tenure, the Smith School has consistently ranked in the top-20 among all undergraduate business programs and in the top-10 business programs at public universities. In her new role, Cleveland will serve as faculty champion of the STARS program and will be a faculty liaison to the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

A national search is underway for Cleveland’s replacement. Her advice for her replacement: “Embrace change. Partner with faculty, staff and students to invent and grow new programs and events.”

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