Rodney K. Smith

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Rodney K. Smith
Rodney svusmith.jpg
NationalityUnited States
Alma materJ. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D.)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.)
OccupationLaw Professor, University President

Rodney K. Smith is an American academic. He was appointed president of Southern Virginia University (SVU) on June 1, 2004 and served until 2011. Before coming to SVU, he served as interim dean and Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. He also has taught or served as dean at the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Capital University, University of Montana, University of San Diego, Widener University and University of North Dakota. Smith is currently a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Smith is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1]

Smith received a law degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, and an LL.M. and S.J.D from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Smith served as the dean of Capital University's Law School. During his time in Columbus he also served as bishop of an LDS ward.[2]


  • Public Prayer and the Constitution : A Case Study in Constitutional Interpretation
  • Getting off on the Wrong Foot and Back On Again: A Reexamination of the History of the Framing of the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and a Critique of the Reynolds and Everson Decisions
  • Nonpreferentialism in Establishment Clause Analysis: A Response to Professor Laycock
  • The Role of Religion in Progressive Constitutionalism
  • Religion and the Press: Keeping First Amendment Values in Balance (with Patrick A. Shea)


  1. ^ Jarvik, Elaine (April 26, 2003). "Media's treatment of religion targeted". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-06-30.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Church News, June 27, 1992[full citation needed]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Monte S. Nyman
President of Southern Virginia University
2004 — 2011
Succeeded by
Paul K. Sybrowsky