Dr.Tori Haring-Smith became Washington & Jefferson College's twelfth president in January 2005. Under her leadership, the College has grown from 1200 to 1500 students, while raising the academic profile of its students and increasing geographic, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity. During this time, the College's finances have also been strengthened and stabilized. Dr. Haring-Smith has encouraged the growth of the College's global involvement, increasing the number of study abroad programs from 4 to 40 and establishing programs for international students at W&J. She also created the nationally acclaimed Magellan Project, which allows all W&J students to take advantage of challenging independent study/travel opportunities, prestigious internships, or advanced research fellowships. This program has been praised for making life-changing experiences available to all students, regardless of their socio-economic level. Dr. Haring-Smith also oversaw the completion of new residence halls and theme houses in 2005 and, in 2010, she opened the new state-of-the-art John A. Swanson Science Center, clear evidence of the College's commitment to sustaining its strong tradition of excellence in the sciences. A successful fundraiser, Dr. Haring-Smith continues to lead development efforts to increase the College's endowment, integrate its curricular and co-curricular programs, work collaboratively with the surrounding region, and preserve and expand W&J's historic campus.
Prior to coming to W&J, Dr. Haring-Smith was dean of the college and then vice president for educational affairs at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She has also served as Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Dr. Haring-Smith's academic background is in theatre and writing. She is a noted director, author, and speaker, having presented more than 150 lectures and workshops, published 10 books and numerous articles on topics ranging from curriculum reform to drama to pedagogy. Dr. Haring-Smith has also had three play translations widely distributed in the United States and has been recognized by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly. She spent 16 years teaching theatre and writing at Brown University, where she funded, established, and administered the Rose Writing Fellows Program, a cross-curricular writing and speaking initiative. She also chaired the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and served as artistic director for the Wallace Theatre in Cairo.
A nationally recognized advocate for the liberal arts, Dr. Haring-Smith serves the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a SAGE (Strategies for Achieving Greater Expectations) consultant and as a mentor and coach for the Institute on Campus Leadership for Sustainable Innovation. She was also a national panel member for Greater Expectations, AAC&U's national report on liberal education in the 21st century. She is frequently a featured speaker for ACE leadership development programs. Dr. Haring-Smith holds doctoral and masters degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelors degree from Swarthmore College. She is married to Robert Haring-Smith, a computer consultant and native of the Pittsburgh area. Their son, Whitney, is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.