People Watch: Despite allegations, S.C. Senate panel backs college president for higher ed commission

By: | March 6, 2019
Columbia International University President Mark Smith is on track to become a member of South Carolina’s higher ed oversight body, representing the state’s 23 private colleges.Columbia International University President Mark Smith is on track to become a member of South Carolina’s higher ed oversight body, representing the state’s 23 private colleges.

 

A South Carolina Senate committee approved Mark Smith, who has served as president of Columbia International University since 2017, to be a member of the state’s higher education oversight body. Smith would represent the state’s 23 private colleges as a nonvoting member if he is confirmed by the Senate. Last May, Smith’s former employer, Ohio Christian University, settled a lawsuit alleging he retaliated against an attorney who investigated allegations of sexual harassment against his son. Read more.

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Members of Miami Dade College’s board of trustees are mapping out their plan to search for the school’s next president. Their target, the trustees agreed, will serve as the “face of Miami,” will hold a doctorate degree, and will have spent 10 years as a senior administrator with at least six in academia. Read more.