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Meet the Dean

Kelly O’Brian Smith, Dean of StudentsKelly O’Brian Smith, Dean of Students

  •  B.A. Biology-Geology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1980
  • M.Ed. College Student Services Administration, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR 1984 Kelly arrived at APU in the fall of 2001 with fifteen years of professional higher education experience in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. He first came to Alaska in 1988 where he spent a couple summers studying shorebirds, geese, and Arctic foxes in a remote field ecology research camp near the Bering Sea.

With degrees from Whitman College and Oregon State University he has worked as a wildlife technician, park ranger, environmental educator, kayak guide, student activities director, and overseer of academic sailing and organic farming operations in his career throughout the Northwest.

A few words from the Dean

Students arrive at Alaska Pacific University from around the world eagerly bringing with them dreams of wild Alaska and curiosity about what this institution has to offer in class and beyond. A vibrant student culture permeates this unusual college.

APU students soon discover that the educational experience here does not have a boundary at the classroom door. There are dreams to share with roommates, late night trips to local restaurants and Anchorage music venues, and tent-sharing on Outdoor Program trips that stretch your limits and understandings of yourself and other people in a myriad of new ways.

Student life at APU is about self-discovery and involvement with a unique educational community.

Get involved, play hard, and cherish the richness at the heart of the APU experience.