Valerie Smith, Princeton University's dean of the college, has been named the next president of Swarthmore College. Swarthmore's Board of Managers approved her appointment Feb. 21, 2015.
Smith, who is also the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and a professor of English and African American studies, will remain at Princeton through June 30, 2015 the end of the academic year. On July 1 2015, she will assume office at Swarthmore, a top-ranked liberal arts college near Philadelphia.
"As Princeton's dean of the college, Val Smith has demonstrated a heartfelt appreciation for the values that define a liberal arts education," Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. "Val fits perfectly with the mission and ethos of Swarthmore College, and, while we will miss her at Princeton, we are thrilled to see her take the helm of such a great institution."