Smith leaves Cal State Monterey for UNESCO
Peter Smith, president of California State University, Monterey, said he's leaving the university in June to go to Paris to assume his UNESCO post. He was selected to CSUMB's founding president in 1994, and took on the job of converting an abandoned military base into a university. According to the article linked above, he "had a strong hand in developing the school's innovative education model that includes cross-discipline and cross-cultural learning." Smith reportedly has signed on with UNESCO for two years, with the option of doubling that term.
Smith began his career in higher education in l970 when he founded and served as president of the Community College of Vermont. He became vice president of Norwich University and served as executive director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education. He was also dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.
Dr. Smith received a B.A. (magna cum laude) degree from Princeton University in 1968. He earned an M.A. degree in teaching in 1970 and an Ed.D. degree in administration planning and social policy in 1984, both from Harvard University. He is the author of Your Hidden Credentials: The Value of Learning Outside of College.