Kate Smith began serving as Rio Salado College’s sixth president on May 15, 2021, a role she accepted after serving as the college’s interim president since August 2018. With nearly 30 years of experience in education, she is a highly regarded and enthusiastic leader who advocates for student success on all levels. Smith understands the barriers that non-traditional students face and is dedicated to making education affordable, accessible and equitable.
Smith decided to devote her career to education with one mission in mind. “Teachers and education change lives— quite simply, that is why I chose a career in education.” Today, she continues to champion for making education accessible and equitable for all.
“As the president of Rio Salado College, I am eager to advance the progress that has been made by our college to increase access and support students to succeed here in Arizona and across the country through innovative programs, services and partnerships.”
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