Terry Smith
Friday, October 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:54 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Terry Smith splits his time among doting on a new grandson, watching baseball and changing the lives of those he encounters in his career as professor and administrator at Columbia College.

“My favorite part of the job is seeing all of lives that change for the better because of their opportunity to get a higher education,” Smith said. “It is so easy to make a difference here as an administrator and faculty member because (the college) is so small.”

Smith was hired in 1996 as vice president and dean for academic affairs, and he also teaches political science.

“I have been in higher education since I was a freshman in college,” he said. “I haven’t done anything except be a student, teacher or administrator.”

Smith works one-on-one with faculty and students to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience at Columbia College.

“I aspire to be here a long time yet and to be a part of the continual improvement of the school,” he said.

Smith’s commitment to leadership includes community involvement as well. He is on the United Way board of directors and is active in the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Baseball is another important part of Smith’s life. Even with all of the energy and effort he puts into his job at the college, Smith said he still finds time to root for his favorite team.

“I aspire to see the Cardinals be world champions again very soon,” he said.

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