Dean of the Graduate School
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Smith comes to UT Austin from Purdue University, where he has served as the dean of the Graduate School since 2009. In addition to his efforts as a university leader, Smith is widely recognized for his academic contributions and research in speech and image processing as well as object detection and recognition. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic fencing teams in 1980 and 1984. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.