[President, Indiana Wesleyan University]
In July 2006, Dr. Henry L. Smith took office as the eighth president in the history of Indiana Wesleyan University, which spans nearly 90 years. He brought to the presidency 26 years of leadership in Christian higher education and a lifelong affiliation with The Wesleyan Church.
Dr. Smith joined Indiana Wesleyan University on July 1, 2004, as the university’s first executive vice president. Before coming to campus, he had served in higher education in the Church of the Nazarene for 25 years as a dean of graduate and adult studies, academic vice president, provost and professor.
Dr. Smith is past chair of the Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education and serves as a team chair for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He has served as a higher education consultant in Central and South America and led the development of a study abroad program in Hungary.
He earned his Ph.D. in communication from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree and Bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree from God’s Bible College.
Dr. Smith was born in Frankfort, Indiana, and his parents were ordained ministers in The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Teresa, have three adult children, Dale, David and Derika.