Dr. Sandra Thompson Smith

Dr. Sandra Thompson Smith serves on the African American Success Foundation’s Grant Selection Committee and is Liaison to the Board of Directors to identify AASF’s research priorities and grant recipients.

Dr. Thompson Smith is a Higher Education Consultant and is retired Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and former Interim President of Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only Historically Black University.

Dr. Thompson Smith began her 30-year career with Florida Memorial University as a Professor of Sociology before becoming Chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences, a post she held for nine years. Her performance as Division Chair earned her a promotion to the post of Institutional Self-Study Director.

She was selected to be Florida Memorial’s first Assistant Provost in 2002. Two years later, she was promoted to Associate Provost. Then in July 2006, she became Provost. Dr. Thompson Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina; her master’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; her certificate of French from the University of Poitier in LaRochelle, France; her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; and a certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute of Educational Management.

Dr. Thompson Smith is a member of numerous civic and professional groups including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Sociologists, and the Association of Women in Higher Education, Parents and Friends of Children with Autism, the Board of Trustees of Kinad, Inc, the African American Success Foundation (AASF), and the Institute of Black Family Life.  She was named as one of South Florida’s Most Influential and Prominent Black Women of 2007 and as one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals of 2010.