Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Harvey-Smith has dedicated more than 25 years to higher education in a variety of leadership and administrative roles. Committed to leadership excellence, institutional performance and student success, she is a scholar-practitioner, whose experience in higher education is both diverse and expansive.Read the Full Biography
Presidential Event Series
The purpose of this exciting series is to foster a learning platform to engage the Pittsburgh Technical College community and our stakeholders. The series promises to be a fun, cultural, dynamic, and professional development opportunity to encourage discussion and to build our community.
Engage with the President’s Office
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.
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 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.