Guy Smith named Special Assistant to the President

Guy Smith has been named Special Assistant to the President at Antioch University Santa Barbara, according to Dr. Nancy Leffert, president of AUSB.

In his capacity as Assistant to the President, Mr. Smith will help guide the growth of the Santa Barbara campus as it responds to the educational needs of the 21st century.  AUSB’s mission and institutional goals include promoting innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship, and ensuring students graduate with a renewed sense of their purpose as scholars and citizens.

“Guy’s 25 years of experience in higher education administration as well as the fact that he has been at the forefront of the emerging information and communication technologies will provide endless benefit to the Antioch community. Guy has been actively involved with innovation in online information since its inception,” reported Dr. Leffert.

Previous to his appointment, Mr. Smith served as Dean of Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College, where he was responsible for the administration of the Business Division, the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the School of Media Arts.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Smith has managed and developed projects focusing on new media production, e-commerce and distribution, mobile media, and the use of game technologies to provide training and education. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Economic and Workforce Development program of California for a wide variety of new media and digital communications projects.

Mr. Smith received his Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Arts degrees from San Diego State University before completing doctoral coursework in rhetoric and linguistics at the University of Southern California. He has been married to Carola for 21 years, and they have two children, Justin and Britta.