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About our President

Dan Smith, Acting President of Vermont TechDan Smith was appointed acting President of Vermont Technical College by Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan on March 25, 2014.

A native of Middlesex, Vermont, Dan has served as the director of community relations and public policy at the Vermont State Colleges since October 2010. He is a lawyer by training, and has a background in economic development strategy and business development.  Before joining the Colleges, he was employed as a strategic consultant with the Arno Group, a central Vermont consulting firm, working on strategic planning and project management with growth stage businesses in the manufacturing and energy sectors.

Prior to that, Dan served as Vice President and General Counsel to GBIC - the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, a regional economic development corporation in Chittenden County. At GBIC, he worked with Vermont enterprises to support their growth by facilitating access to public and private capital, workforce solutions, providing strategic assistance and coordinating access to infrastructure.  In that capacity, he developed a focus on environmental and energy enterprises, as well as a strong expertise in the broader state and federal programs and policies that support economic development. 

Dan went to GBIC after building a legal practice at the Vermont law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin. His focus at DRM included government relations, real estate law and regulated entities.

Dan is a graduate of both the University of Virginia and the UVA School of Law.  Immediately following law school, Dan returned to Vermont to serve as a law clerk to Justice James L. Morse of the Vermont Supreme Court.

He chaired the Board of Directors of Mobius - The Mentoring Movement for three years and was a literacy mentor at Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington for ten years. He also maintains an active outdoors lifestyle, backcountry skiing, running, and cycling.