About Alicia

About Alicia B. Harvey-Smith Ph.D.

The Consultant

Alicia B. Harvey Smith, Ph.D.

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D. is president and founder of A. B. Harvey-Smith Educational Consulting and Presentations, established in 1998 to provide quality consulting and customized presentations to businesses and organizations on a wide variety of topics.

A noted scholar and educator with a distinguished track record assisting clients in achieving targeted outcomes. She is a nationally recognized educator, author, poet, speaker and consultant has also served successfully in the roles of College Dean and Vice President. With more than 25 years of combined experience in leadership, instruction, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, training and development, this dynamic consultant and researcher is a proponent of learner-centered leadership utilizing human capital strategies and integrated systems.

A passionate teacher and ethical leader, Dr. Harvey-Smith views leadership as a “calling to serve”. As a result, she is active on local and national boards and presents on a variety of topics including, leadership, organizational redesign, authentic communication, civility, team-building and strategic repositioning. She is often as an excellent consultant and is described by clients as an exceptional presenter.

This talented educator has the distinction of writing the first dissertation exploring transforming student development practice using the learning paradigm and transforming college environments using learning college principles. This cutting edge research gave way to new models for examining organizational change and transformation. The originator of the Seventh Learning College Principle, “Create and Nurture Organizational Cultures That Are Open And Responsive To Change and Learning, a philosophy and approach to cultural transformation, was endorsed by Dr. Terry O’Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation in the Community College for adoption into practice within institutions and organizations seeking to improve performance, enhance effectiveness and transform organizational cultures.

She has authored several published works including: CARE – Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Empowerment: Essential Leadership Standards; Eclectic Insights; Partnering for Success: How to Build Strong Internal Collaborations in Higher Education; The Seventh Learning College Principle: A Framework for Transformational Change; The Role of Student Development In The Learning College in Establishing and Sustaining Learning-Centered Community Colleges; Growing Learning Communities At The Community College: Two Decades of First Year Student Development Efforts in Integrating The First Year Experience and Getting Real: Proven Strategies for Student Survival and Academic Success.

This innovative consultant is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, served on the American Association of Community Colleges: Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development and is the recipient of the 2012 Remarkable Woman of the Year Award from the Center for Remarkable Women, MD and the 2011 Living Women History Makers Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. and The Contributor to Knowledge Award, presented by The National Council on Student Development. Dr. Harvey-Smith is committed to excellence and service.

Proud of her work in community college leadership, Dr. Harvey-Smith was competitively selected to participate in The American Association of Community College’s Future Leaders Institute and National Institute of Leadership Development as well as, The Association of Community Colleges Trustee Leadership Academy for Aspiring Presidents and has been identified as one who can provide immediate and thoughtful recommendations and models of best practice on a variety of leadership and educational challenges for a diverse client base. Dr. Harvey-Smith is known nationally for her research, advocacy and commitment to establishing effective internal and external collaborations and partnerships to impact change and improve organizational environments and associated outcomes.

A compassionate leader, solutions driven consultant, she has a proven record of board service to diverse organizations including The University College at North Carolina Central University, The National Board of Advisors for Clark Atlanta University – Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work, the Board of Directors for The Council for The Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), The American Conference of Academic Deans, an American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Affiliate Council and The National Council of Student Development (NCSD), an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Affiliate Council among others.

Dr. Harvey-Smith is a 2012 graduate of competitively selected leadership program for the Greater Baltimore Committee of Maryland. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park; Masters of Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors of Science degree from Morgan State University. Dr. Harvey-Smith and her husband, Donald reside in Maryland.