Introducing L. Thomas Smith, Jr. President-Elect of Johnson University
On June 20, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Johnson University announced the selection of L. Thomas Smith, Jr. as president-elect. When he succeeds Dr. Gary Weedman on July 1, 2018, he will become the seventh president of the University in its 125 year history.
Dr. L. Thomas (Tommy) Smith, Jr. is vice president for academic affairs/provost at Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. A native of Carter County, Tennessee, he is a graduate of Johnson University (B.A., 1978), Emmanuel Christian Seminary (M.A.R., 1986), and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D., 1990). He has served as professor of history and theology at Johnson University since 1989, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (2012-2014), and was appointed provost in October 2014. Tommy has held associate, youth, and worship ministries in Knoxville and Valley Forge, Tennessee, and preaching ministries in Jonesborough, Kingston, Embreeville, Knoxville, and Farragut, Tennessee. He is the author of Above Every Other Desire: A Centennial History of Johnson Bible College (1992), and has contributed essays, articles and book reviews to various publications. In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities, Tommy keeps an active speaking schedule including revivals, workshops, retreats, and seminars, and has conducted short-term mission trips to Haiti, Honduras, China, and Ukraine. He has engaged in interim preaching ministries in Knoxville, Rockwood, Morristown, Farragut, Chattanooga, and Seymour, Tennessee, seeking to assist churches during important transitional periods.