Profile profile for Stephanie Bennett-Smith

Stephanie Bennett-Smith, Ph.D.

NMAH Board Member, President Emerita, Centenary University

Stephanie Bennett-Smith has spent her professional life in the field of education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in History and a Master’s degree in English and History from the University of New Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa and has also received honorary degrees from Centenary University and J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. Dr. Bennett-Smith has served in a series of academic positions including Instructor at Loretto Heights College, Assistant Professor of English and Chair of the American Studies Program at Albion College, Dean of Westhampton College of the University of Richmond, and President of Centenary University. She also founded the Women Involved in Living and Learning program at the University of Richmond which became the model for colleges and universities across the nation. She has authored numerous articles on women’s education and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Dr. Bennett-Smith has served in leadership positions at the Michigan American Studies Association, Southern Association of Colleges for Women, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey, President’s Council of New Jersey colleges and universities, and the education division of the United Methodist Church. She has served on the boards of Blair Academy, Ken Place School, Wheelock College, American University, New Jersey Historical Society, University of New Mexico Foundation, Naval War College Foundation, Duxbury Bay Maritime School, and Mount Vernon. Dr. Bennett-Smith is involved in a leadership capacity in community programs in Vero Beach, FL and Taos, NM including the Indian River Land Trust, John’s Island Lecture Series, The Harwood Museum of Art, and The Taos Art Museum.