Joianne L. Smith, Oakton Community College’s fourth president, continues the college’s strong tradition of student success. During her years at Oakton prior to being selected president, Smith worked tirelessly to increase student engagement and to promote an inclusive and caring environment for teaching and learning. Smith’s presidency began on July 1, 2015, following 13 years of service to Oakton as dean of students (2002-2004) and later, vice president for Student Affairs (2005-2015). Her prior experience includes assistant director of University Residence Life at Northwestern University (2001-2002), dean of Brainerd Commons at Middlebury College (1999-2001) and work as a licensed psychologist, a license she still maintains in the state of Illinois.
Smith earned her BA in Psychology and Religion from Wittenberg University and her MS and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.