Meet Interim Provost Smith
Until completion of a national search for an Executive Vice President and Provost, Laurens H. Smith will serve as Interim Provost of Utah State University. Larry has worked at Utah State in administrative roles since 2003, including Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 2004 to 2006 and Executive Senior Vice Provost for the past several years.
Larry’s academic background is in physiology and cell science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Eastern Connecticut State College, a master’s degree in physiology at the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Maryland. After several years of postdoctoral work at medical schools and research institutes in the east, Larry began his faculty career at Idaho State University in 1989. While there, he led efforts to improve the teaching and research environment in cell and molecular science and was Founding Director of the Molecular Research Core Facility. During his 14 years at ISU, Larry took on a growing number of administrative roles and eventually chose to enter administration full time with his move to Utah State.
In recent years Larry has attended many workshops on academic leadership development including two at Harvard University; the Institute of Educational Management in 2013 and most recently, Crisis Leadership in Higher Education. He has extensive expertise in curriculum development, enrollment management, and faculty policy, and is an institutional liaison with the Office of the Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.
Larry enjoys the outstanding regional opportunities for outdoor recreation including fly-fishing, hiking and skiing. He and his wife Carol have several horses, dogs, and cats and Larry maintains a small vineyard of wine grapes and is a hobby vintner.
Laurens H. Smith
Phone: (435) 797-1167