Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University, earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1991, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in 1993, and a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Michigan State University in 1999. Before his arrival to SFA in 2021 — in which he presides over six academic colleges and various offices, including the Office of Research and Graduate Studies — his career pathway crossed through Oakland University and California State University, Sacramento. He also has over 20 years of automotive industry experience, including stops at Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Chrysler.
In academia, Smith founded both the Chrysler Learning and Innovation Center and the Hornet Leadership Program. He has secured $5.6 million in gifts, and $9 million in overall external funding connected to grants and contracts to support his research and scholarly activity. Smith graduated seven Master of Science students, seven doctoral students, has authored 62 publications and successfully filed two U.S. patents. Smith co-founded the computer manufacturing company, Originatic, with his brother. The company is the maker of the Smartleaf computer. Although the company "crashed and burned spectacularly,” as Smith described it, he said he had the time of his life and has no regrets.
Smith serves on a number of boards, including as an advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers; member of the Concerned Black Men of Nacogdoches; president of the board of directors of Square Root Academy, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers among underrepresented student populations; president of the board of directors of the Sacramento Youth Symphony; and served on the board of directors of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, one of the nation's premier nonprofit organizations for promoting STEM careers for underrepresented pre-college students.
Dr. Marc Guidry was appointed Associate Provost of Academic Affairs on June 4, 2018, after serving as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts since September, 2012. He joined SFA in 1999 as an assistant professor of English. He was promoted to full professor of English in 2013.
Dr. Guidry earned his B.A. with a major in English and a minor in philosophy in 1987 from Loyola University New Orleans, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his Ph.D. with a major in English and a minor in philosophy from Louisiana State University in 1997. He did his dissertation on Geoffrey Chaucer's magisterial medieval British masterwork, The Canterbury Tales. While at LSU, he won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee "Keeping the Dream Alive" award and the Lewis P. Simpson Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Dr. Guidry has published an illustrated edition of Chaucer's Knight's Tale and an assortment of journal articles and chapters on Chaucer and other medieval British poets. He has presented on Chaucer at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in Great Britain, and has presented on both British and American authors at several conferences across the United States.
Dr. Guidry has taught dozens of different classes in British and world literature, linguistics, and freshman composition. He served as SFA's Faculty Senate chair in 2007-2008, and has served on scores of university, college, and department committees.
Dr. Guidry is married to Monique Saccente, a CPA employed with Compensation Strategies Group based out of Beaumont, Texas. Their daughter Gabrielle is a music education major at SFA who will be graduating in May 2019. She is a member of the Lumberjack Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Pinewoods Symphony. Their son Joseph is entering his sophomore year at the University of Texas Austin, where he is a double physics-astronomy major. Joseph received a research fellowship at the end of his freshman year to study outbursts in white dwarf stars at the McDonald Observatory.
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After growing up in England and leaving her home town of Ipswich in 2003, Sharon has been working as Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2004. Sharon's husband, Lee, is a native of Nacogdoches and was serving in the United States Air Force in England when they met.
They have two daughters. Emily graduated from SFA with a degree in digital media in 2014 and works as a graphic designer for Texas Size Bling in Nacogdoches. Georgia is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin studying marketing in the Nelson Rusche College of Business and is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Sharon is a very proud grandmother of Atticus George Dodson, who was born in April 2015.
Sharon is a Certified Public Manager and a graduate of the 2008/2009 class of the Leadership Nacogdoches Program. Sharon is on the board of Young Life and a co-ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce.
Sharon is the longest serving member of Academic Affairs, having worked for three previous provosts.
Alisha is from Nacogdoches and is a SFA alum. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Professional Accountancy. Alisha worked in Academic Affairs as a student assistant for 5 years during her time at SFA and was also a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma.
After graduation, Alisha married her husband, Colten, and moved to Houston. While in Houston, Alisha worked as an audit associate for BKD, a middle market public accounting firm. During this time, she primarily focused on Financial Services and Governmental/Not-for-profit audits, then ultimately specialized in Investment Fund audits. Alisha also obtained her Certified Public Accountant license during her time at BKD.
Alisha and her husband eventually chose to move back to Nacogdoches, where she has been the Budget Analyst for Academic Affairs since November 2018.