Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is a devoted higher education administrator with 30 years of successful experience in instruction, senior leadership, and higher education administration across multiple institutions and states. Committed to organizational excellence, peak institutional performance, and operational and student success, this scholar-practitioner’s experience is diverse and expansive.Read the Full Biography
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Alicia Harvey-Smith, PhD. and President of Pittsburgh Technical College, is a champion of the College’s mission on campus and in the community at-large. Browse this timeline for internal and external communications that reflect her thinking on the topics that affect not only PTC and our students, but on issues that drive education and the impact it has on the success of the Commonwealth.
75th Anniversary CelebrationMay 12, 2022
PTC’s 75th anniversary is a celebration of just how far we’ve come over the years. What started out as a lone building and single discipline career training institution in 1946 has now grown to become a beautiful 185-acre campus with more than 30 academic programs!
Annual Conference 2022May 6, 2022
College presidents from across the country gathered in New York for the 2022 Annual Conference to build strategic alliances and reimagine the higher #education landscape to improve operational and student success.
Principals’ BreakfastMay 5, 2022
President Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith began in 2019 and placed emphasis on connecting with high schools across our region to provide their students with pathways in education. On May 5th, 2022 PTC welcomed local high school principals to campus for a Principals’ Breakfast.
The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination PodcastMay 3, 2022
It was my pleasure to join The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination Editor-in-Chief Amrit Ahluwalia as a guest on his latest podcast to discuss my recently published book, “Higher Education on the Brink: Reimagining Strategic Enrollment Management in Colleges and Universities.”
We covered some important lessons I hope readers take away from the book, and how #highereducation leaders can work to ensure enrollment management teams are appropriately resourced to drive change.
National ConferenceMay 3, 2022
Asian American Chamber of CommerceApril 29, 2022
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, and it was my honor to be a part of the Leadership Roundtable at the “Bridging the Gender Race Divide” at Carnegie Mellon. We discussed the challenges we currently face, while celebrating success and the opportunity to make our region a gateway to emerging economic opportunities in Asia.
The Spring Term is Underway!April 26, 2022
The spring term is underway, and it’s been exciting to see so many students back on campus!
At Pittsburgh Technical College, we’re so proud of what our campus has evolved into over our 75-year history, starting from a lone building downtown into a beautiful 185-acre campus where students can choose from more than 30 academic programs, as well as student life opportunities.
Proud to Support Our VeteransApril 19, 2022
At Pittsburgh Technical College, we are so proud to support our veterans on campus. One of those veterans, Magnus Hieber, a Navy veteran and current engineering student, had the opportunity to tell his amazing story on KDKA Radio with Rick Dayton earlier this month.
He’s continuing his education at PTC to pursue a career in electronics engineering technology, inspired by his role as an avionics tech on the F-18 Super Hornet while serving in Japan.
Way to go Magnus! https://lnkd.in/g3weuehY
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s PowerBreakfastApril 15, 2022
It was my honor to speak at this morning’s African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s PowerBreakfast. I shared my perspective on the state of higher education and the exciting developments at @PTC_edu as we work to support the region’s workforce.
Inaugural Faith-Based Alliance BreakfastApril 12, 2022
It was my pleasure to host the inaugural Faith-Based Alliance Breakfast at @PTC_edu this morning! We welcomed four faith-based organizations to campus for a meeting and campus tour as part of our strategic partnership to advance education and training as we work to expand access.
Thank You to Terry O’Banion, Ph.D., President EmeritusApril 7, 2022
Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD Carlow InaugurationMarch 25, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith congratulatating Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD at her Inauguration for becoming the 11th president of Carlow University.
Welcoming some of the region’s leading robotics, AI, and innovative organizationsMarch 24, 2022
I was so excited to welcome some of the region’s leading robotics, AI and innovative organizations to the @PTC_edu campus today as we begin to develop new pathways to expand the talent pipeline in this industry. We look forward to a successful partnership!
Conversations about UkraineMarch 18, 2022
At PTC, our hearts are heavy as we continue to watch the invasion of Ukraine unfold, and we remain hopeful for the return of peace to that region. As a community of higher learning, @PTC_edu has come together to engage in conversations and celebrate our ability to speak freely.
Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific OlympicsMarch 14, 2022
International Women’s Day at KLGatesMarch 8, 2022
A Message from the Office of the President: A Call for HumanityMarch 6, 2022
A letter from Dr. Harvey-Smith to the PTC community regarding the attack on Ukraine
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Higher Education on the Brink: Reimagining Strategic Enrollment Management in Colleges and Universities is now available!March 2, 2022
University Leadership SummitFebruary 23, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith went to Miami to participate in the University Leadership Summit. Dr. Harvey-Smith’s presentation titled, “Leading Emergence: Higher Education on the Brink Post COVID19 Critical Leadership Qualities, Strategies and Approaches” includes key insights from her latest book. #meUnivLeaders
Sustainable PittsburghFebruary 8, 2022
We met to discuss creative sustainable approaches and practices with alignment through community support, growth of quality jobs, ethical and transparent business practices, stakeholder engagement, and diversity practices.
Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of EducationJanuary 24, 2022
This evening, it was such a pleasure to host Dr. Tanya Garcia, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In our meeting, we discussed a very important topic– workforce development trends and student challenges. Thanks again to Dr. Garcia for taking time to visit PTC’s campus.
PTC Teams up with West Liberty University for MBA Fast Track PartnershipJanuary 11, 2022
Pittsburgh Technical College finalized its Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Fast Track partnership with West Liberty University (WLU) today at 10 a.m., as PTC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Eileen Steffan took part in an event signing with WLU President/CEO Dr. W. Franklin Evans.
The signing, conducted in the Board of Governors Room, located in WLU’s historic Shaw Hall, finalized the MBA Fast Track Partnership that will enable PTC graduates with Bachelors of Science degrees in Business Administration, Applied Management or Information Systems and Technology programs to accelerate their bachelor’s to master’s degree pathway.
Chaîne des RôtisseursDecember 14, 2021
Pittsburgh Technical College hosted Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Pittsburgh Bailliage.
PTC’s own Jill Kummer, Culinary Instructor, serves as Bailli for the Pittsburgh Bailliage. The event was hosted by Dan Brennan, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Golf Club.
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was chosen to represent and encourage other college Presidents to join the non-professional category with the other leading executive professionals in the Pittsburgh Area. She is the first president of a college to be inducted to the Pittsburgh Chaine.
Discovery DayDecember 4, 2021
It was a pleasure meeting all the new faces at our Discovery Day on campus this past weekend!
Tech50 Award WinnersNovember 10, 2021
We are truly humbled to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2021 Tech50 Awards as Innovator of the Year alongside our President and CEO, Dr. Harvey-Smith, who was recognized as CEO of the Year!
Tech50November 5, 2021
We salute all of the Pittsburgh Technology Council‘s 2021 Tech50 finalists, including PTC’s President, Dr. Harvey-Smith, CEO of the Year nominee, and Pittsburgh Technical College, Innovator of the Year nominee—along with anyone, anywhere, who is finding a better way to do something.
Pittsburgh Regional AllianceOctober 15, 2021
Thank you for the shout out Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and recognizing our recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. PTC is the college for students interested in serious cybersecurity careers. Discover our School of Information Systems and Technology.
Golf Scramble for ScholarshipsSeptember 13, 2021
Extending a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in our Student Scholarship Annual Golf Scramble, and a special thanks to our event sponsors.
Celebrating 75 Years!August 27, 2021
It was a pleasure to have RMU President Chris Howard on campus today. PTC President, Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, was gifted with a special resolution from the Robert Morris University Board of Trustees recognizing PTC’s 75th anniversary. Our special year coincides with RMU’s centennial anniversary!
RTM Higher Education CIO CongressAugust 10, 2021
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, PTC President/CEO, was a featured speaker at the RTM Higher Education CIO Congress, an invite-only, informative dialogue among CIO’s and VP’s from higher education institutions across the country. She shared a series of post-Covid tools, resources, and innovative ideas directly addressing the ramifications of the pandemic.
TechVibe Radio Presents: Geeking Out with Dr. Harvey-Smith & Dr. ScarpinoAugust 7, 2021
We sat down with Audrey Russo and Jonathan Kersting from the Pittsburgh Technology Council to discuss our collaboration with local tech employers and students to continue to fill the ever-growing demand for skilled talent.
Power52 visits PTCJuly 30, 2021
We were excited to welcome Power 52 from Baltimore, MD to the PTC campus July 28-July 30, 2021. Power52 was born under the leadership of Cherie Brooks and Ray Lewis who joined forces after the Baltimore Riots in 2015 to develop a 501(c)3, non-profit foundation that works to train and employ at-risk youth focused in the Clean Energy Industry.
President & Trustee Emeritus CelebrationJune 10, 2021
At an on-campus reception, Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President/CEO, our Board of Trustees, and invited guests honored John (Jack) R. McCartan and Michael Yurisic who were proclaimed President Emeritus and Trustee Emeritus, respectively. As we move forward, we also look back to those who’ve supported PTC to help our students succeed.
All College Development MeetingMay 7, 2021
PANDEMIC SUCCESSES AND POST PANDEMIC REALITIES WE WILL FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER
2021 State of the College Address presented by Dr. Harvey-Smith at the All College Development Meeting.
The Power of Partnerships: Creating Inclusive Educational OpportunitiesApril 1, 2021
A bigger focus on technical educationMarch 28, 2021
Dr. Harvey-Smith’s letter to the editor in response to the March 21 article “Some Liberal Arts Colleges Add Career, Technical Training” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Read the Post-Gazette Article
COVID AnniversaryMarch 12, 2021
Black History Month – PittsburghFebruary 26, 2021
It has been a pleasure to share with you the stories of so many influential African Americans this month. I hope that you have enjoyed them as well, and you’ve taken the time to learn more whether through the links I’ve provided or your own research.
It seems to me that there is no better way to wrap up Black History Month than by spotlighting some of the individuals who have made an impact in their hometown of Pittsburgh and beyond. Please review and see if you can spot the PTC connection. Perhaps someday a PTC employee or graduate will be featured as a leader of significance on a list such as this.
PTC Featured in Pittsburgh City PaperFebruary 24, 2021
Business Students and Faculty at Pittsburgh Technical College Make a Smooth Transition to Online–a profile on PTC’s successful shift to online learning featuring student Marita Adams and School of Business Academic Chair Michele Zollner.
Conversations about change and transformationFebruary 22, 2021
How Two Community Colleges Make Equity Transformative–an article on building more inclusive communities in higher education.
Black History Month – LeadersFebruary 19, 2021
I believe that when we think of Black History Month we automatically reflect upon the civil rights leaders of the past. It has been a pleasure the past two weeks to share with you profiles of Black leaders in academia, science, and innovation.
Leaders such as Medger Evers, Marcus Garvey, Stokely Carmichael, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have made undeniable impacts on the Civil Rights Movement, and I invite you to learn more about them here: https://www.biography.com/people/groups/civil-rights-activists. Today, I want to share with you the background of some individuals who continue to champion civil rights today.
Black History Month – InventorsFebruary 12, 2021
Continuing our Black History Month recognition of African Americans who have been influential in their field, I ask that you take some time to learn about and celebrate the accomplishments of the following individuals who have significantly impacted science through their research and inventions.
These are just a few of the great black Americans who have changed our world with their work. Additionally, I hope you’ll take the time to review the following link featuring a list of items that you use, and probably take for granted, every day that you can thank a black inventor for creating: Black Inventors List
Black History Month – AcademicsFebruary 5, 2021
Dear PTC Community,
Since 1976, February has been designated Black History Month and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of so many African Americans in our nation’s history.
One of the Core Values of Pittsburgh Technical College is Diversity and Inclusion, and we are taking great strides in developing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our campus, and thereby encouraging our graduates to take this framework with them into the world both personally and professionally.
Each Friday this month I will highlight African Americans who have been influential in various fields. It only seems appropriate to begin with academics. I invite you to learn more about the following five featured individuals as well as so many others who impacted education.
Reimagining the Future of Higher EducationFebruary 3, 2021
Thank you to all who attended our Inaugural Webinar Series, Reimagining the Future of Higher Education. It was an honor to have Dr. Harvey-Smith and our featured panelists provide their unique insights for how they reimagine the higher education learning, teaching, and support landscape evolving in the coming years. A recording of the webinar is available on the event page.
Diversity WorkshopJanuary 28, 2021
The Value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Learning Enviornments
Power52 Foundation and Pittsburgh Technical CollegeJanuary 27, 2021
Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) has partnered with Power52 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non- profit foundation dedicated to providing employment training for at-risk and underserved individuals in the city of Baltimore, Md., and surrounding counties to prepare them for careers in the solar industry. The partnership will provide Power52 students with an opportunity to receive entry in a college program and course credits in pursuit of a PTC certificate or degree.
To celebrate the partnership, PTC and Power52 conducted a virtual contract signing event. Watch below.
AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion ScholarshipJanuary 22, 2021
Thank you Association of American Colleges and Universities, Cengage, and the committee of peers that selected Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President and CEO, as a recipient of the AAC&U/Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. Dr. Harvey-Smith will join a diverse community of leaders united by their shared commitment to promoting quality, equity, and innovation in education through institutional transformation and public advocacy.
In Memory of Dr. KingJanuary 19, 2021
Today we celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This past Friday, Dr. King would have turned 92 years old. He did not live to see his 40th birthday. Yet in his short 39 years, he became one of the most recognizable and memorable figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
2021 New Year Presidential AddressJanuary 12, 2021
We Will Rise!January 7, 2021
I thought it important to reach out to all of you after yesterday’s disturbing events in our nation’s Capitol.
Democracy is a living, breathing, and sometimes messy form of government that requires constant attention and care by American citizens and our nation’s leaders; it’s defined by the collective voices, vision, and votes of all Americans. It’s rarely perfect except in its belief of governing based on the will and good intentions of the people, by the people, for the people.
Workforce Development in the Era of COVIDDecember 17, 2020
Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President and CEO, was at the table to discuss workforce development in the era of COVID and what is being done from a regional workforce development perspective to prepare workers for the jobs of the future. This topic is important now more than ever as PTC is committed to rebuilding the Commonwealth post COVID-19. Thank you Pittsburgh Business Times for the opportunity.
Beyond the Rankings: Regional Colleges’ Impact on Their CommunitiesNovember 20, 2020
Important January 2021 Quarter InformationNovember 19, 2020
Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2020 CEO of the YearNovember 13, 2020
A Special Election MessageNovember 2, 2020
Dear PTC Faculty, Staff and Students,
On Tuesday, millions of Americans will go to the polls to exercise their sacred right to vote in federal, state, and local elections. This will be the culmination of an unprecedented election season, one in which more than 92 million votes have already been cast. This election is historic, as all elections are. Voting is an opportunity to dream of the possibilities of America.
October Commencement AddressOctober 7, 2020
A Message of EncouragementOctober 5, 2020
2020 Women in Leadership SymposiumOctober 2, 2020
Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, Pittsburgh Technical College President and CEO, will be a panelist and presenter at today’s 2020 Women in Leadership Symposium. Once again the Pennsylvania Diversity Council has brought together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, will educate, inspire, and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.
U.S. News & World ReportSeptember 23, 2020
For the first time, Pittsburgh Technical College has been ranked with other colleges and universities by “U.S. News & World Report” and has been recognized in four categories.
Women of influence: Alicia Harvey-Smith charting a new course for Pittsburgh Technical CollegeSeptember 16, 2020
A newcomer to Pittsburgh, Alicia Harvey-Smith became president of Pittsburgh Technical College last year after serving in leadership roles at several colleges throughout the country. Since taking on her current role, she has worked to develop a number of programs that enhance and promote technical career education. She’s also in the midst of developing a new strategic plan for the school, which recently switched from being a for-profit institute to a nonprofit college.
Pittsburgh Technology Council – Business as UsualSeptember 2, 2020
Leading Higher Education’s Emergence Post COVID-19: A Call to ActionJuly 14, 2020
Leading Higher Education’s Emergence Post COVID-19: A Call to ActionMay 27, 2020
A letter to the Class of 2020May 5, 2020
“Today, I write to you and your families on behalf of our faculty and staff, to honor each and every one of you for the expression of fortitude during such an unprecedented time in our world’s history.”
Visits to PTCMarch 9, 2020
President Harvey-Smith briefed Jennifer Beahm, Editor Pittsburgh Business Times, on the progress, changes, and advantages of Pittsburgh Technical College. Editor Beahm had the opportunity to tour the 180 acre campus, explore high-tech equipment / simulations and applied curriculum offered to PTC students.
Family Night OutMarch 7, 2020
Pittsburgh Technical College’s first Family Night Out at Pastoli’s in Squirrel Hill. The audience was treated to the sounds of PTC’s Faculty Band: King Crab & Company with Eric Joesph, Frank Schurter and Cyrus Anderson, and original poems from Dr. Harvey-Smith’s book Eclectic Insights.
Presidential Event Series: African-American Legacy Celebration – Through Music and LiteratureFebruary 21, 2020
a very special evening of music, poetry, literature, presentations and community learning
Learn more about the event and see the photos
WA+PTC: A Dual Enrollment OpportunityFebruary 13, 2020
We’re partnering with West Allegheny School District (WASD) to launch five healthcare-based, dual-enrollment programs to address the growing need for professionals in the region. Through this workforce-driven program, students in the WASD can earn college credits while simultaneously completing their high school diploma.