Jeffery C. Smith, II

Assistant Dean

Jeffery Clayton Smith, II became a member of the Office of African American Affairs in January 2017. Throughout his tenure at OAAA, he has actively contributed to the OAAA Student at Risk Intervention Program. His role involves facilitating connections between students and Deans to ensure they receive additional resources and guidance, supporting their successful progression through their studies at UVA. Dean Smith strongly believes in providing unwavering support to every student, leaving no one without the assistance they need to achieve their goals.

Currently assigned to the fourth-year class, Dean Smith is dedicated to advising, guiding, and assisting each student as they navigate their academic studies and prepare for life beyond UVA. Holding the position of Director of Community Engagement, he oversees the coordination of the weekly Black Friday events.


Dean Smith's academic journey includes earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems from Liberty University in 2010, a Master’s in Christian Ministry in 2016, a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2020, and a Doctorate of Education in Community Care & Counseling in 2023. He is also a licensed minister and an ordained Pastor.


Following his graduation from Liberty University in 2010, Dean Smith initiated his career in Student Affairs at Liberty University, where he spent six years in the Dean of Students office. In his role as Assistant Director of Administrative Support, he managed all administrative and fiscal responsibilities for five departments under the Dean of Students. Dean Smith is driven by a passion to educate, encourage, equip, and empower every student he encounters.

(434) 924-7923