Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith, President of The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College

Ryan Smith, (born February 23, 1973), a lifelong resident of Gallia County and graduate of Gallia Academy High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B. S. degree in Finance. Smith served on the Gallipolis City Schools School Board during the successful Red Dot levy campaign and was a state representative for the 93rd district of Ohio from 2012 to 2019. His district included all of Gallia and Jackson counties as well as much of Lawrence and Vinton counties. He served as Speaker of the House and Chair of the House Finance Committee. His wife of 22 years, Vicki, graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a nursing degree. They have four children together. The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College appointed Ryan Smith as president. President Smith assumed his role on October 14, 2019.