York College president nominated to state education board


Another York County resident may soon have a role in state government, with Gov. Tom Wolf nominating the president of York College to a seat on the Board of Education.

Before she can be appointed, Pamela Gunter-Smith must first face a nomination hearing before the Senate.

"I am humbled by this nomination," Gunter-Smith said in a statement. "Governor Wolf has expressed such a high level of confidence in me and my commitment to the Commonwealth."

The state Board of Education works with the Department of Education and others to set regulations, such as state academic standards, for basic and higher education. Twenty-one people, 17 of whom are nominated by the governor, sit on the board.

Résumé: Gunter-Smith began her tenure as president of the college in July 2013.

Before that, she served as provost and academic vice president of Drew University in Madison, N.J.

Earlier, she was a professor of physiology at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Gunter-Smith holds a degree in biology from Spelman College and a Ph.D. in physiology from Emory University, according to York College.

"It is an honor to be nominated and, if appointed, to have an opportunity to serve the Commonwealth and my fellow Pennsylvanians," Gunter-Smith said. "Education serves the public good, and I look forward to bringing both my passion and experience to those issues, especially related to quality and access."

She is married to J. Lawrence Smith, who works for IBM. The couple has two adult sons.

Process: If the senate approves her nomination, Gunter-Smith would not have to resign from her post at the college, said Jeff Sheridan, a spokesman for Wolf.

She is one of 17 people nominated to executive posts in state government.

Wolf, a York County Democrat, previously recalled 25 executive nominations Republican Gov. Tom Corbett made before leaving office.

In a statement, Wolf, who had served on York College's board of trustees, said he's hopeful his nominations will quickly advance through the process.

No timeline has been set for a Senate nomination hearing, Sheridan said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.