Meet Distinguished Alum Tonya Smith-Jackson

The ISE Department held its annual Alum Hall of Fame Breakfast on October 27th as part of Red and White Week and inducted five new members. Four members (Mike Futch, Andres Medaglia, Keith Nichols and Tonya Smith-Jackson) of the class of 2023 were awarded the Distinguished Alum Award, and the other member (Lauren Davis) received the Outstanding Young Alum Award.

Tonya Smith Jackson | Distinguished Alum Award Winner


Tonya Smith-Jackson is Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina A&T State University. Before becoming Provost, she held many roles, including senior vice provost, cybersecurity center director, laboratory director, graduate program director and department chair of industrial and systems engineering. She was an industrial and systems engineering professor at Virginia Tech and directed multiple centers and labs.

Dr. Smith-Jackson has worked in industry (IBM, Ericsson Mobile Communications), at community colleges, and as a Department of Defense (European Division) manager. She graduated from NC State with her master’s and Ph.D.