Tonya Smith-Jackson Is the New Provost at North Carolina A&T State University

Tonya Smith-Jackson has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. She has served in the post on an interim basis since the beginning of the year.

“Dr. Smith-Jackson has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in every aspect of our university’s mission, focusing on strategies that enhance student success, elevate research, fuel innovation, and engage with the communities we serve,” said Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. “Her leadership experience, along with her passion for transformative teaching and learning, is the right combination to carry A&T forward on our continuing path to preeminence.”

Dr. Smith-Jackson has worked for North Carolina A&T since 2013. She originally joined A&T as a professor and chair of the department of industrial and systems engineering and founder/director of the Human Factors Analytics Laboratory. She was later named senior vice provost for academic affairs. Earlier in her career, Dr. Smith-Jackson was a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.

For the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Smith-Jackson took a leave to serve as program director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, Information and Intelligent Systems Division in the Cyber-Human Systems Program of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Smith-Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology/ergonomics from North Carolina State University.

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