Jun 10, 2024

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Jaymi Lee Smith, Associate Dean, Graduate Division, and Professor of Lighting and Design in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, has been appointed Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Interim Dean of the Graduate Division, effective July 1, 2024.

A member of the UCI faculty since 2007, Professor Smith joined the Graduate Division as Associate Dean in 2021. She has participated in the Provost’s Leadership Academy and served as an equity advisor for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and as a member of the Graduate Council. Previously, she taught classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Associated Colleges of the Midwest and The Theatre School at DePaul University.

In addition, Professor Smith has spent more than 30 years of her career managing theater, event, and architectural lighting design across the United States, China, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Spain. A member of United Scenic Artists, her designs have been used at theaters including South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, and La Jolla Playhouse. Production highlights include six seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and three productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

A search for the next Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division will begin soon. Please join me in thanking Professor Smith for taking on this key role.


Hal Stern
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics