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Terry B. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Program

Columbia College


After eighteen years as Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, and one year as Interim President at Columbia College, Dr. Terry Smith joined the full-time political science faculty in August 2015.  He teaches courses in American politics and directs the Honors Program.


Dr. Smith graduated cum laude from Central Methodist College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and minors in English and History.  He received both his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.  He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to England in 1991 and attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 2002.


He is an American politics enthusiast and serves as a radio and television election analyst.  He gives regular political commentary on the local public radio station.  Dr. Smith has been active in local community and professional organizations and is currently on the board of Cradle to Career Alliance, a not-for-profit that coordinates activities for at-risk youth.  He is also on the board of the Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust, which brings fine classical music performances to mid-Missouri.


Dr. Smith and his wife, Jane, will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in August, 2016.  They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.