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Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D.

Biography of York College's president

Pamela Gunter-Smith began serving as president of York College on July 1, 2013. She previously served as Drew University's provost and academic vice president, as well as the Porter Professor of Physiology at Spelman College. She has also held academic appointments at The George Washington University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. For 12 years before joining Spelman, she was a research scientist and science administrator at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. 

Gunter-Smith holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Spelman College and a doctoral degree in physiology from Emory University. She has published in the areas of gastrointestinal physiology and membrane ion transport and is the recipient of grants to support science education and her research. Gunter-Smith has also served on numerous committees that address science education and the underrepresentation of minorities in science.

Currently, she is president of the William Townsend Porter Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of York Hospital and the York County Industrial Development Authority. She is a member of the Better York Executive Committee, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania Board (AICUP) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Her past service includes the Boards of Directors of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Gunter-Smith has been recognized with the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Sciences, the Spelman College Presidential Faculty Award for Scholarly Achievement, and the Directors Award for excellence in dedicated service to the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute.

Gunter-Smith is married to J. Lawrence (J.L.) Smith, who retired in 2015 as a systems administrator for I.B.M.  The Smiths are parents of two adult sons, Lealand of Nashville, Tenn., and Philip of Auburn, Ala. 

Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith smiles for a photo while seated in her office.
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President's Office
Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D., President
Miller Administration Building, Room 101
Phone: 717.815.1221
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cynthia Reisinger
Senior Executive Assistant to the President