Dr. Tori Haring-Smith became Washington & Jefferson College's twelfth president in January 2005.
Dr. Haring-Smith holds doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Prior to coming to W&J, Dr. Haring-Smith was vice president for educational affairs at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In that role, she worked with faculty and deans to identify and fund institution-wide initiatives and to raise the national visibility of the college, helping to set a university record for fundraising in a single year ($21 million in 2002-03). She also served Willamette as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, in which position she increased faculty diversity, extended benefits to part-time faculty, and restructured the office to better serve at-risk students.
Dr. Haring-Smith's academic background is in theatre and writing. She is a noted director, author, and speaker, having presented more than 150 lectures and workshops, published 10 books and numerous articles on topics ranging from curriculum reform to drama to pedagogy. Dr. Haring-Smith has also had three play translations widely distributed in the United States and has been recognized by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly. She spent 16 years teaching theatre and writing at Brown University, where she funded, established, and administered the Rose Writing Fellows Program, a cross-curricular writing and speaking initiative. She also chaired the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and served as artistic director for the Wallace Theatre in Cairo.
As executive director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, Dr. Haring-Smith helped make it possible each year for sixty Thomas J. Watson Fellows to pursue independent research outside the United States for one year following their college graduation. A recipient of the Watson Fellowship when she was at Swarthmore, Dr. Haring-Smith has a passion for the educational value of international exploration. She has traveled extensively across the world, having visited Afghanistan, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia among other countries.
As W&J's president, Dr. Haring-Smith is dedicated to bolstering already strong academic programs, bringing faculty salaries into parity with those of colleagues nationally, adding support to student life initiatives, increasing diversity on campus, developing a stronger emphasis on global issues, and growing the College's endowment. She plans to continue W&J's campaign to renew and grow its historic campus, initially focusing on the funding and building of a new science facility and recreational center.
A nationally recognized advocate for the liberal arts, Dr. Haring-Smith serves the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a SAGE (Strategies for Achieving Greater Expectations) consultant and as a mentor and coach for the Institute on Campus Leadership for Sustainable Innovation. She was also a national panel member for Greater Expectations, AAC&U's national report on liberal education in the 21st century. In 2003, she was a peer evaluator for the U.S.-Middle East Universities Partnership Program.
Dr. Haring-Smith is married to Robert Haring-Smith, a computer consultant and native of the Pittsburgh area. Their son, Whitney, is a student at Yale University.