Reginald "Reggie" Smith (1951-2019) joined Salem Community College in 1977, and for the next 42 years, he educated and mentored future teachers, nurses, members of law enforcement and pastors, to name a few. His years at SCC stand as one of the longest education tenures at one institution in all of New Jersey. His impact on Salem County remains his legacy.
As an Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Reggie taught Psychology and Criminal Justice classes. In addition, he served as Chair or Co-Chair of various committees such as Curriculum Review, Diversity and Middle States. He received numerous awards including the EOF state and local “Champion Award,” SCC Employee of the Year and Salem County’s NAACP Educator of the Year. Reggie served as the Student Government Association advisor for 25 years.
A fitting epitaph, in his own words: “The greatest reward in life is not money or fame, but the opportunity to improve another person’s life. That’s the reward I get from teaching at Salem Community College.”
B.S. Social Work, Lincoln University
M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance, Antioch University
Additional graduate work in Criminal Justice, West Chester University