Rodney Smith, the president of Southern Virginia University, has agreed to participate in our next installment of 12 Questions. Smith took over as president of SVU in June 2004, after serving at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (University of Memphis) as the Interim Dean and Herff Chair of Excellence in Law. Among other positions, he has been a law professor and administrator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Capital University Law and Graduate Center, and the University of Montana School of Law. He was also the City Attorney in Bishop, CA for two years. Smith received a Doctorate in Juridical Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of BYU’s law school.
He has published many articles, primarily in the fields of sports law (Title IX) and Church and State. Here is his article on the First Amendment and Section 134, given at the 2002 LDS Perspectives on Law conference at BYU.
For those of you that may not know, since 1996 Southern Virginia University has been an independent, private, four-year college for Mormons. They have a BYU-style honor code, and even offer $3,000 “scholarships” for returned missionaries. Their Fall 2004 enrollment is 576, and they have been growing fairly rapidly since 1996.
Please submit your questions for President Smith by July 23.