Brandy D. Smith, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Finance & Administration
Dr. Brandy Smith is the Special Assistant to the Dean for the Academic Success Center (ASC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). With over 20 years of experience in large public corporations, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial endeavors, Dr. Smith brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to the ASC. Brandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, an MBA with a concentration in New Venture Management, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, all from UNLV. Her research primarily focuses on organizational change within higher education settings, organizational climate within minority-serving institutions, and diffusion of educational innovations within state policy, postsecondary system, and institutional levels. Some of her research has been supported, in part, by the Lumina and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations. In addition to her role at the ASC, Dr. Smith holds Associate Graduate Faculty status with the UNLV Graduate College and is an adjunct professor for the Educational Psychology and Higher Education Department in the UNLV College of Education.