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Rev. James Smith

Vice President of University Relations

Contact Information

740-392-6868 Ext. 4131Email Rev. Smith

In The News

  • MVNU Employees Recognized for Service

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University faculty and staff members were honored for their years of service at the annual University Dinner on Monday, Aug. 20, with highlights of the university’s 50th anniversary. During the event, President Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D. reminded attendees that going into the new academic year, “we have reason to hope.”

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Professional Experience:
  • Vice President for University Relations, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2018 - Present
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2017-2018
  • Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2015-2017
  • Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2013-2015
  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment, Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2008-2013
Professional Organizations:
  • National Association for College Admissions Counseling
  • Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling
  • Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Ohio Private College Admissions Directors
  • Collegeboard
  • North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Nazarene Enrollment Officers Network
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Encuentro Missions Leadership Team
  • East Central NYI Field Youth Chairperson
  • Ohio Private College Admissions Directors Committee (OPCAD), Chairperson
  • Nazarene Student Leadership Association, Nazarene Student Leadership Association Co-Chair
  • ACT State Organization (Ohio), Executive Council Chairperson
Public Works & Presentations:
  • National ACT Summit 2017, “The Big Picture: Holistic Framework as a Guide”
  • OACRAO Conference 2014, “Success Strategies for Millennial Student Workers”
  • OACAC Articulations 2012, 2014, “Ohio Private Colleges: Mission-Driven”
  • Ohio ACT Conference 2012, 2013, 2014, “Enrollment Management Roundtable”
  • B.A. in Youth Ministry, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • M.A. in Educational Ministry, Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English