Dr. Clayton Smith


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor

Clayton Smith is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. He recently served as Vice Provost, Student Affairs & Dean of Students. Over the course of his career, Dr. Smith has amassed significant knowledge and expertise in the area of enrollment management. Prior to becoming Vice-Provost, Dr. Smith held senior enrollment management positions at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Tallahassee Community College in Florida and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Known for his focus on comparative enrollment management, Dr. Smith has performed collaborative research into the distinctive qualities of enrollment management in the United States and Canada that has allowed educational leaders from both countries to compare and share best practices.

Dr. Smith is a leader in the field of enrollment management, with special emphasis on the areas of admissions, advisement, international student affairs, marketing, orientation, records, registration, scholarships and awards, student recruitment, and student retention. He has worked at a variety of higher education institutions, including residential and commuter, rural and urban, and two-year and four-year schools in Maine, Florida, New York, and Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Smith was one of the founders and for ten years led the SEM Summit Canada meeting, the country’s premier gathering of enrolment professionals. In 2011, Dr. Smith co-edited SEM in Canada: Promoting Student and Institutional Success in Canadian Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Smith holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in Political Science from Drew University, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Maine, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University. He is a senior consultant with AACRAO Consulting.