Steven Smith

Headshot of Steven E. Smith.

University Registrar, Adelphi University

Steven is the University Registrar at Adelphi University on New York’s Long Island. Steve began as the evening transcript clerk at the community college in his West Virginia hometown and over the next twenty-six years has served as a registrar at institutions in New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. In addition to the registrar’s office, Steve has also overseen admissions, financial aid, academic advising, testing, and student accounts. He holds an M.B.A. from West Virginia University. In 2012, Steve was the founding president of the Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CAPACRAO), the state association for Maryland and the District of Columbia.

On why Steven joined the LGBTQIA+ Caucus: "AACRAO's LGBTQIA+ Caucus holds a very special place in my heart. I spent my early years in the closet and at my first Annual Meeting, I walked past the Caucus meeting three times but couldn't gather the courage to walk in. I timidly took that step at my second conference and my life changed forever; attending that Caucus meeting was the first public thing I ever did as a gay person. The people I met that day are now some of the best friends I have, in fact, years later one of them flew half-way across the country to attend my wedding! Joining the Caucus gave me the courage to come out at home and work. It has connected me with some fabulous colleagues whom I contact regularly by phone, email, and social media. It has informed me about many issues that I thought I knew well, but realized I had more to learn. The three-year stint that I served as chair is one of my fondest memories. The LGBTQIA Caucus has been an important part of my life and I encourage those who identify with any of those letters (including the "A" allies!) to be a part of this important group."