York University President

Dr. Sam Smith

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Dr. Samuel A. Smith

A 1995 YU graduate, began his service as the 21st president of York University in July 2020. President Smith brings considerable experience in Christian higher education as well as youth ministry.

Dr. Smith started his career at Lipscomb University working as an assistant resident hall director and campus minister.   He later served as resident life director, associate dean of students and finally dean of student life. President Smith’s professional path also includes team-building and project management in both the academic and corporate settings. He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from Union University and completed the Master of Biblical Studies degree and Bachelor of Arts in Bible at Lipscomb University.
Sam met his wife, Lisa, while in college at Lipscomb University. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics/Biology then spent time working at Lipscomb in Financial Aid and teaching preschool. The bulk of Lisa's career focuses on providing a great home for the family. Sam and Lisa have three children, Brooklyn, Bear and Boden.

A Letter From the President

I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this community and I am honored to have the opportunity to engage with our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends. If you see me around campus or in the community please feel free to introduce yourself.

Twenty-seven years ago I arrived on the York University campus to begin my higher education journey as a freshman. Returning to a school that had such a significant impact on my development was one factor that led me to pursue this new chapter in life. However, the most important factor in my decision is that it is overwhelmingly obvious the university is devoted to providing students with a Christ-centered education. 

York University inspires students to grow intellectually, physically, and spiritually through a caring Christian community of supportive peers, excellent educators, and passionate alumni. We have built a tradition of preparing men and women to be leaders in every area of their lives. Each member of our family is an important part of our success. We welcome you to come see the difference and to be the difference at YU.

 I invite you to consider how York University can serve you in your future endeavors. We have a promising future and we would love for you to be a part of it. 

In Him, 

Sam Smith