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Louise Smith Returns to Antioch as Director of Community Life

UPDATE – June 29, 2011 – Louise Smith will serve as dean of community life at Antioch College.


YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – June 22, 2011 – Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt has hired Louise Smith, former Antioch professor of theater and a licensed clinical therapist, as the director of community life. She begins her full-time role in early July.

Reporting to the president, Smith will serve on the College’s senior leadership team and lead the coordination of student life initiatives, student orientation, student leadership, outreach, residential life, and efforts to see students through to graduation. The student life program she directs will refine the Antioch College tradition of community governance, its commitment to diversity, and its unique program of local, national, and global cooperative education.

“This is a critical, central job for the College as we move forward. We found the right person with the right set of skills to do this work. I’m so pleased to be welcoming Louise back to Antioch College,” Roosevelt said.

For the past two and a half years, Smith has worked as a mental health counselor in community mental health settings. Her training encompassed working in substance addiction at Women’s Recovery Center, as well as at Wilmington College, where she started up an on-campus counseling center. After working for a time at the Dayton-based Assertive Community Treatment, she took her most recent post as a therapist for Wellspring and the Rocking Horse Adult Mental Clinic.

After earning a degree in theater from Antioch College in 1977, Smith moved to New York City, where she worked as a professional actor, touring nationally and internationally with Julie Taymor, Ping Chong and Company, Talking Band, Meredith Monk, and Illusion Theater, among others. She won an Obie Award in 2003 for her work in A Painted Snake in a Painted Chair and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1988 for Best Female Lead in the film Working Girls.

Smith joined the Antioch faculty in 1994 as chair of the theater department, a position she held until the college closed in 2008. From 2000-2004, she also chaired the arts department. She served as the associate dean of faculty from 2005-2006. As associate dean, she implemented new curriculum, designed advising structures, chaired the Orientation and Commencement committees, and served as a liaison between students and the administration.

In addition to her degree from Antioch College, Smith holds an M.A. in playwriting from Antioch University and an M.S.Ed. in community counseling, with licensure, from the University of Dayton.

About Antioch College

A private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch College will offer a four-year, undergraduate residential experience to a new class of students beginning in the fall of 2011. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is now completely independent of Antioch University, the multi-campus system it founded.

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