York College president to serve on state school board

Jessica Schladebeck

York College's president has been selected to serve on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

Pamela Gunter-Smith

Pamela Gunter-Smith, who became president of York College in the summer of 2013, was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf for the position and was confirmed by the Senate in December.

Working in conjunction with the state Department of Education as well as lawmakers, the board assists in reviewing, developing and adopting regulations pertaining to both basic and higher education across Pennsylvania.

The state board is made up of two councils — the Council of Basic Education and the Council of Higher Education — along with several different committees. The board is comprised of 21 members, 17 of whom are nominated by the governor for overlapping six-year terms. Gunter-Smith will serve on the Council of Higher Education

Prior to earning her position in York, Gunter-Smith served as Drew University's provost and academic vice president and as the Porter Professor of Physiology at Spelman College. Before starting her work at Spelman, Gunter-Smith for 12 years was a research scientist and science administrator at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Maryland. She also has worked at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Gunter-Smith has served on numerous committees that address science education and the under-representation of minorities in science, including review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Higher Education Resource Services and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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