President James Smith

James M. Smith, Ph.D. is the 23rd president of Eastern Michigan University. He began his duties July 1, 2016.

Since joining Eastern Michigan University, President Smith has actively pursued several strategic initiatives, including adding new academic programs in high-demand areas, launching a Commission on Diversity and Inclusion to drive diversity and equity initiatives on campus, and investing in campus infrastructure to ensure a bright future for Eastern's students and employees.

Eastern’s foundation as an institution of opportunity is more important than ever. We are a place where first-generation students, people from urban and rural communities, and all races, cultures, backgrounds and identities are embraced and motivated to success.

James M. Smith, Ph.D.
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