Wright, associate vice president for finance and administration, will become interim vice president for finance and administration on March 15. She will succeed Michael L. Reid, who has resigned, effective that date, to accept a position as vice president for administration and finance at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Smith, professor of communication and member of the graduate faculty, will serve as interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies, effective Feb. 1. She succeeds Dr. May, who held that position simultaneously with his post as provost and vice president for academic affairs until November when he was appointed ASU president.
May said neither interim appointee will be a candidate for the permanent position when each is filled. The goal for the vice presidential position is to have a permanent appointee in place by June 1 after a national search. Aug. 1 is the target date for selection of a permanent graduate dean.
Wright has served as associate vice president for finance and administration since 2009. She joined the ASU staff in 1991 and has advanced through areas of increasing responsibility in the finance and administration division. She earned her bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1985.
Smith joined the ASU faculty in 1991 and served as head of the Communication, Mass Media and Theatre Department from 2006-09. She earned her bachelor’s degree from ASU before completing her master’s degree at Texas Tech University and her doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Texas at Austin.