U Officials Applaud Smith for Service to Ballet Department

From August 2011 to May 2014 Linda Smith served as Interim Chair of the Ballet Department.  Although lacking any background in dance, she succeeded in moving the department forward in a number of important ways. According to Donna White, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, under Smith’s leadership “the Department has made progress in such important areas as:  creating and implementing a strategic plan, specifically with respect to its undergraduate educational mission; major curricular reform using the guidance of a National Association of Schools of Dance consultant; creating an emphasis and a certificate in teaching; working more collaboratively with the Department of Modern Dance,  and hiring two new faculty members . . .” Smith was tapped for this service by Associate Vice President Amy Wildermuth and (then) Senior Vice President David Pershing, who also applaud this service.