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Smith named provost of Stephen F. Austin University

3/27/2021

Lorenzo M. Smith
Lorenzo M. Smith

MechSE alumnus Lorenzo M. Smith (BSME ’91) has been named provost and executive vice president of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He leaves his position of professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University in Sacramento.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois, Smith received  his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit and a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Michigan State University.

“Dr. Smith is a visionary, proven leader with a passion for advancing student, staff and faculty success,” said Scott Gordon, SFA president. “He has thrived as a faculty member and as a dean, and we look forward to the leadership he will provide as provost and executive vice president at SFA.”

Smith will begin his new role June 1.