Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as York College's fourth president beginning July 1, 2013. Gunter-Smith has served as provost and academic vice president at Drew University in Madison, N.J., since 2006.
Pamela Gunter-Smith joined Drew University July 1, 2006 as provost and academic vice president. In this role she serves as chief academic officer with overall responsibility for academic programs and academic support in the university’s three schools - the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Her many accomplishments encompass advancing a new vision for the sciences, including the design of a new science facility; elevating standards for promotion and tenure; increasing the diversity of faculty and students; improving student retention; and creating new graduate programs. She also led Drew’s strategic planning and assessment efforts.
Prior to this appointment, she served as the Porter Professor of Physiology at Spelman College from 1992-2006. At Spelman, Gunter-Smith chaired the Biology department (1992-2002) and was the associate provost for Science and Mathematics (2002-2003). She also served as the program director for Spelman’s NIH-sponsored Center for Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2002-2003) and Spelman’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program (1993-2002). She played an integral role in Spelman’s enhancement of science curricula across the disciplines, the development of a mentoring program for junior faculty, and the building of a science facility.
Gunter-Smith has also held academic appointments at the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, Md.). She has been instrumental in generating extramural support for her research and institutional priorities from corporations, foundations, government agencies and private donors.
"York stands as a model for affordable academic excellence and is well positioned to be a leader in the national conversation on the cost of higher education," said Gunter-Smith. "It will be a privilege to lead this great institution into the future and advance its distinctive mission and vision."