Dr. Mark Smith, President of Columbia International University, has nearly two decades of experience as a Christian higher education administrator. His dedication and passion have helped shape the lives of thousands of students and peers alike.
Dr. Mark Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobe Sound College and a Master’s Degree in college teaching from Northeastern State University. He then went on to attend Kansas University’s graduate school and graduated from West Virginia University with a Doctor of Education degree. Dr. Mark Smith has also notably completed the Institute of Educational Management for Executive Management program from Harvard University.
Early in Dr. Mark Smith’s professional journey, he was involved in a nearly paralyzing head-on collision. That event ultimately is what fueled Smith’s determination and perseverance. He had to learn how to walk again and fought every day through pain and tears. Eventually, Dr. Mark Smith came out of the accident a more resilient leader. Following the accident, Dr. Smith was solely focused on taking the message of God around the world.
Prior to accepting his current position at CIU, Mark Smith served as the president of Ohio Christian University. During his time at OCU, Mark Smith led a team of experts in growing the university from 400 to more than 4,600 students. He also helped fund 20 million dollars in facilities. Prior to his work at Ohio Christian University, Dr. Smith served as Dean and later Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies from 2001 through 2005 at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. Mark Smith’s extensive resume includes a long list of community involvement — serving on various corporate boards, holding numerous professional memberships, and even holding political office. In 2003, Smith took on a three-term incumbent to win a seat on the Marion,
Indiana City Council. While president of Ohio Christian University, Smith was appointed to the Ohio State Board of Education by the governor.
Today, as the President of CIU, Mark Smith plans to continue to grow enrollment and take Christ to the nations through the means of technology. A Bible-centered entrepreneur who has trained for 20 years to lead a university, Dr. Mark A. Smith ensures God is at the center of everything he does.