John provides university leadership to develop and implement the student success initiatives with a particular focus on first-year programs and at-risk students. He led the two-year planning process to develop the Prospect for Success quality enhancement plan and now oversees the program’s implementation. He also teaches in the Prospect curriculum, offering a Prospect ‘Big Questions’ LBST course for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University College. Dr. Smail is a Professor of History, and he specializes in British and European history in the period from 1500-1800. He joined the University in 1988 and went on to chair the History department for nine years before assuming his present position.