Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Smoot as Dean of Community Engagement and Partnerships.
Within his role, Smoot will serve as Eastern’s chief workforce education and community partnerships officer and be responsible for the development and implementation of instructional systems, credit and non-credit instructional programs and services in support of employers, economic development professionals and life-long learning. Additionally, he will directly supervise Eastern’s Workforce Development Department, oversee the America’s Promise (AP220) project and support, collaborate with the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (IREED) and represent Eastern at state and service district meetings.
Smoot most recently served as the Eastern Panhandle Director for Congressman Alex Mooney (D2) where he worked on economic development, support for grants, international trade and exchange agreements and other regional partnerships. He previously served as the Director of Academic Programs for the National Journalism Center in Washington, DC and taught history at Potomac State College and the University of Rio Grande. He is the author of several published columns in Human Events, State Journal, Daily Caller, Hampshire Review, Mineral Daily News Tribune, Jackson View, among many others.
Smoot holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University with specializations in American diplomatic history, American colonial and early republic history, West Virginia and Appalachian history and Eastern Europe/Russia. He additionally holds a master’s degree in history from Marshall University with minors in political science and philosophy.