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Ceeon Smith has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

The recipient of the Council of Independent Colleges Presidential Vocation, Dr. Smith is a renowned leader of Benedict College

Having earned distinction as the chief of staff at Benedict College since 2017, Dr. Ceeon Smith is well-regarded in her field for her dedication, professionalism and innovations.

    COLUMBIA, SC, April 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Ceeon Smith has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Having earned distinction as the chief of staff at Benedict College since 2017, Dr. Smith is well-regarded in her field for her dedication, professionalism and innovations in the service of Benedict College. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Presidential Vocation from the Council of Independent Colleges. Dr. Smith attributes her success towards a persistent progressive streak, laying out a reliable plan for advancement and remaining focused.

In 2018, Dr. Smith assumed the responsibilities of the executive vice president of Benedict College, which added the oversight of college publications and committees, records and retention and human resources to her everyday duties. As the chief of staff, she assists in supporting members of the president of the college's cabinet to fulfill the mission of the college. In her role, she created the Colleges Risk Management team, which is a collaboration across the college of faculty and staff to evaluate and implement safety and risk policies and practices affecting students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. She also created under the umbrella of the Small Business Incubator, a team to create a Student Innovation Hub and Cosmetology Makers Space designed to focus on developing students soft-skills and to nuture innovation and entrepreneurship in their college experience. Smith believes that if a student secures a patent and professional certifications along their journey to a four-year degree is a well-traveled collegiate journey. Additionally, Dr. Smith has excelled as a communications administrator and crisis communication professor at Florida Memorial University since 2016, and had previously worked as the vice president of external affairs and communications.

Eminently qualified in her field, Dr. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Howard University and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the Arizona State University – she distinguished herself as the first African American and female to earn a doctorate in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communications. Moreover, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, The Links Inc. and Blessed 26. Looking ahead in her career, Dr. Smith aspires to continue her career in higher education, where she can engage with bright students and professional faculty and staff to re-shape college education to face the challenges of the future that will serve traditional and as well as nontraditional students, integrate classroom learning and professional development, engage campuses and the surrounding communities in entrepreneurship and innovation with the goal lessening the dependency on the tuition-only business model.

Dr. Smith's portfolio of responsibilities includes the small business development center and incubator, chair of the community development corporation, informational technology, and marketing. She has written papers for the Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication, and "Twitter in a Crisis: How the FAA Used Microblogging during the 737 MAX 8 Crashes and Aftermath" from 2019. She was initially inspired to enter the realm of crisis aid upon seeing first-hand the struggles of families affected by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. From that moment, Dr. Smith chose to make a difference in people's lives and ensure all young adults had the opportunity to receive the gift of an education.

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