FVSU Welcomes New Advancement and Strategic Communications Administrators



This month, President Paul Jones welcomed two key additions to the Fort Valley State University family to serve in key administrative roles. William  Smialek, Ph.D., is the interim vice president for advancement, and Cedric Mobley is special assistant to the president for strategic communications.

“I am excited to have two extraordinarily talented and seasoned professionals join the FVSU family,” said Dr. Jones. “Both professionals are in unique positions to help Fort Valley State University as we continue to ‘chart a new direction by solidifying our foundation’.”

As interim vice president for advancement, Dr. Smialek will be responsible for growing the short and long-term development capacities of the university and strengthening the external relationships that provide growth opportunities for our students. Smialek has agreed to serve until a permanent vice president has been named. He is a certified fund raising executive and has extensive experience in higher education leadership through roles at Jarvis Christian College, Midway College and St. Catharine College, where he was interim provost. At Jarvis Christian College, he served as vice president for institutional advancement and development, vice president for institutional effectiveness, and chief academic officer, in addition to roles as chair of the Division of Arts and Sciences, as chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and as a tenured professor or music. A published researcher and author, Dr. Smialek earned his Ph.D. in musicology and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Rhode Island. When he is not working, Dr. Smialek would claim to be “no better than an average golfer,” but is a proficient hiker and backcountry camper.

To reach the Office of Advancement, call (478) 825-6118 or visit Huntington Hall, second floor.

Cedric Mobley will lead the Department of Marketing and Communications as special assistant to the president for strategic communications. Previously, Mobley served as associate vice president for the Division of Institutional Communications at the Maryland Institute College of Art, responsible for the college’s media outreach, marketing, publications, positioning and Web activity. He was also associate dean for strategic marketing and communications at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, responsible for launching new academic programs, recruiting students and restructuring publication production. Related experience includes positions as senior program manager for communications at ACT Foundation, account supervisor and marketing director for Porter Novelli Public Relations, national marketing manager for the United Negro College Fund and chief of staff and communications director for the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.  A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Mobley is a certified project management professional and a graduate of Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in marketing. On a personal note, Mobley has served as a mentor for high school students for the past 20 years.

To reach the Office of Marketing and Communications, call (478) 825-6319 or visit Huntington Hall, first floor.

President Jones asks that you join him in welcoming Dr. Smialek and Mr. Mobley to the FVSU administration team.

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