VMI Appoints New Dean
LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 10, 2014 – Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr. has been selected for appointment as Dean of the Faculty and Deputy Superintendent for Academics at Virginia Military Institute. Smith will take up the position after Brig. Gen. Wane Schneiter steps down May 31 to return to the teaching faculty in the VMI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“General Smith brings to VMI all the skills and attributes we expect in a dean,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, VMI’s 14th superintendent. “His superior academic and leadership abilities, his passion for our cadets and their education, his passion for the faculty, and his boundless energy will benefit VMI for years to come. He is steeped in academia and soldiering: a wonderful combination for all at the Institute. We look forward to General Smith’s arrival.”
Smith comes to VMI from Alexandria, Va., having retired last year after a 33-year career in the U.S. Army. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate in the VMI Class of 1979, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Biology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in National Security from the National War College and a Doctoral degree in English Literature from Princeton University.
“I can imagine no better position that defines my calling in life than to serve as the Dean of the Faculty and Deputy Superintendent for Academics at Virginia Military Institute,” Smith said. “VMI is where I found my footing, and it is my expectation to become fully immersed in shaping the success and future of the Institute, its remarkable faculty, and its splendid cadets.”
Smith began his Army career with company grade officer positions at Fort Lewis, Wash., and in Europe in the Pershing II Nuclear Missile Command. He later served as an instructor at Princeton University and taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he founded a literary journal, The Circle in the Spiral. He has served the U.S. Army in leadership and staff roles in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe. He concluded his military career as the deputy commanding general (for proponency) of the Army’s Cyber Command.
Smith’s decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (3), and the Bronze Star (2).
Smith is the author of LandCyber (2012), the Army Cyber Command’s vision for future cyber-related operations, and The Literature of Disillusionment: Public War Correspondence from Waterloo to Khe Sanh (Princeton University, 1992). He is currently president of Cyber Insights LLC.