University of Maryland University College
Peter Smith is the Orkand Endowed Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). The Founding President of the Community College of Vermont in 1970, Peter founded two other colleges – California State University Monterey Bay (1995) and the Open College at Kaplan University (2014) – and served as Assistant Director General for Education at UNESCO. He also held political office, serving the State of Vermont as State Senator, Lt. Governor, and Congressman-at-Large.
Peter served on the initial advisory council for MIT OCW in 2001 and has been deeply involved in the OER movement ever since. He was awarded the OEC Leadership Award for Open Education Excellence in 2015. The author of four books and dozens of articles as well as member of two dozen boards over the last 45 years, Peter brings experience, organizational insight, an innovative spirit, and enthusiasm to the OEC Board.