As NC State’s new assistant vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development, Julie Smith will serve as the university liaison for state and local relations.
“I’m honored to return to my alma mater, which afforded me so many opportunities as a rural undergraduate student,” Smith said. “NC State provided a great foundation for success in law school and the early stages of my career. Growing up on a blueberry farm in Bladen County, I was able to experience firsthand how the research conducted at the university helped my own family in our livelihood through North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Now I’m excited to, in turn, work to enhance the mission of the university by using knowledge and engagement to transform lives.”
Smith currently serves as assistant to the chancellor for external affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In that role, she serves as the university’s liaison for state and federal relations and has worked to strengthen external partnerships for the university and southeastern North Carolina.
“Julie’s legislative background and legal training, coupled with her strong leadership and exceptional people skills, will make her a great addition to our team,” said Kevin Howell, NC State’s vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development. “She possesses a strong passion for public service and addressing the opportunities and challenges confronting a leading land-grant institution. She is adept at helping advocacy groups come together to address long-term issues. Her unique perspective coupled with her education and experience will serve as a great asset to NC State.”
Prior to joining UNC Pembroke, Smith served as associate general counsel with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
A Park Scholar, Smith graduated summa cum laude from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in environmental science with the designation of valedictorian. She is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club. Smith earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia.