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August 9, 1934 - March 19, 2016 Dr. John Marshall Smart, former California State University Vice Chancellor Emeritus, passed away at his home in Huntington Beach Saturday morning, March 1 9 at the age of 81. Dr. Smart was born in Santa Barbara and went to school in Ventura before attaining his BA & MA in International Relations and his PhD in Political Science from USC. Prior to attaining his PhD he was a Coro Fellow and Legislative Assistant for California State Assembly member John Busterud in San Francisco, where he met and married Wiebke von Buch, who passed away in 1 988. They had two sons, Conrad and Marshall. He served two years in the U.S. Army Psychological Warfare School at Fort Bragg. He then joined the Coordinating Council for Higher Education as Assistant Director before beginning his forty-year career with the California State University system. In the Office of the Chancellor he held the positions of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Institutional Relations, and Deputy Provost, and finally retired in 1 992 as Vice Chancellor Emeritus. As the system's Vice Chancellor for University Affairs he was responsible for the system's legislative offices in Sacramento and Washington D.C., relations with the University of California, the California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the California Postsecondary Education Commission, presidential evaluation, public affairs and development, institutional research, and acquisition of new campus sites (including San Marcos, Contra Costa and Ventura). "Retirement" didn't suit Jack, so he continued his career at Cal State, Los Angeles, as a CSU Trustee Professor. As such, he was the Associate Director of the Edmund G. ÒPatÓ Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Executive Coordinator of the CSU Urban University Coalition, Executive Coordinator of the Presidential Summit and Special Assistant to the President. He then took a position as Vice President at Cal State, Dominguez Hills for two years in 1 998-99. He went on to Cal State, Fullerton, where he held various roles including South County Project Coordinator for acquiring space for a satellite campus on the closed El Toro Marine Base. He retired officially from the CSU system in 201 4. During this time he also volunteered for the Executive Service Corps, providing management development services to several nonprofits in Southern California. Since 1 995, Dr. Smart had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Laguna College of Art and Design where it became his passion to assist the school in becoming everything it could be. He was Chair of the Board for three terms, served on many committees, was instrumental in the college receiving accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and led three presidential searches during his 20 years on the board. His most recent award, one that meant so much to him, came from the board, staff and members of the LCAD family "for outstanding service in the development of the Laguna Beach College of Art & Design as its senior board member and preeminent sage". In addition to his academic career, Jack loved spending time with his family, traveling, and working in his garden, which was his pride and joy. Dr. Smart is survived by Pam, his wife of more than 23 years, and by his two sons and their families: Conrad Lyman Smart, his wife Gianna Maria, and their son John Walter Lucky Smart; Dr. Marshall Christopher Smart and his wife, Dr. Lauren Arenson. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the John M. Smart Memorial Fund at Laguna College of Art + Design, www.lcad.edu/jacksmart. A memorial service will be held on May 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the Laguna College of Art + Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, California 92651. All who knew and loved him are welcome. Please indicate your plans to attend at www.lcad.edu/jacksmart.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 29, 2016
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