Mark Smith CIU

President of Columbia International University

About Dr. Mark A. Smith

Dr. Mark A. Smith was raised on a farm in Southwestern Virginia near the town of Galax. His parents faithfully took him to church, including a fall revival meeting that changed his life when he was 10 years old. After initially planning to be a veterinarian, Mark Smith was called to
ministry early in his college career.

Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobe Sound College and a Master’s Degree in college teaching from Northeastern State University. He attended Kansas University’s graduate school and graduated from West Virginia University with a Doctor of Education
degree. Dr. Mark Smith has also completed Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management for Executive Management.

During Dr. Mark Smith’s professional journey, he was faced with a nearly paralyzing head-on collision. That unfortunate event ultimately fueled Smith’s determination. Learning how to walk again, fighting every day through pain and tears, Dr. Mark Smith came out of the accident a more resilient leader. Following the accident, Dr. Mark Smith was solely focused on taking the message of God around the world.

Prior to his current role as President of Columbia International University, Mark Smith served as President of Ohio Christian University for 11 years. Smith successfully increased enrollment from 400 to approximately 4,600 students during his tenure. In addition, under Mark Smith, the university opened 14 sites in rural areas for student learning and began offering online educational programs. Smith also directed $30 million in capital construction projects and the increase of university personnel from 50 to approximately 800 employees. Prior to coming to
OCU, Mark Smith served as vice president for adult and graduate studies at Indiana Wesleyan University where he oversaw the doubling of enrollment from approximately 5,000 to 10,000 students in four years.

Dr. Mark Smith has published numerous articles for professional and education organizations. His publications include the co-authored books: Leading Change in Your World and The Church Leader’s MBA, a management manual for church leaders. As the President of Columbia International University, Mark Smith is dedicated to educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Dr. Smith is happily married to his wife Debbie and they have two children.