Dr. Christopher D. Smith has been appointed director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE).
Smith – as the private institution’s chief diversity officer (CDO) – said he wants to create an environment focused on acceptance and address health disparities and inequities in- and out-of-state.
“Using his strong leadership skills and decision-making abilities, Dr. Smith will work with our faculty and staff to foster student learning across ACHE,” said ACHE President and CEO Kyle D. Parker. “He is a great asset to our team of leaders, and I am thrilled to have his experience in student engagement and success at ACHE.”
Previously, Smith was dean of student services at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, chair of the Chancellor’s Taskforce on DEI, and member of the University of Arkansas System Board’s Task Force on Racial Equity.
Smith holds a Master of Public Administration from Arkansas State University and a Doctor of Education from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.