G. Warren Smith
Residence: Slippery Rock, Butler County
Family: Wife, Constance; and son, Grant
Occupation: President of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a doctorate from Cornell University
Background: Before coming to Slippery Rock in 1997, Smith served as president of Southeastern Louisiana University. He headed the chemistry and chemical engineering department at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He also served as dean of the school of science and technologies at the University of Houston in Clear Lake and taught chemistry at Cornell.
Noteworthy: Smith has been named chairman of the Education Technology Committee of 3 Rivers Connect, a Pittsburgh group working on regional development. One of its projects is to renovate surplus computers from federal agencies and give them to schools and needy families.
Quote: “My goal is to continue working to reduce the digital divide not only in metropolitan and suburban areas, but also expanding to some of the rural school districts. That is, to work with people, particularly at-risk students, in schools around Pittsburgh to bring computers not only to school rooms, but family homes.”