Paul Smith serves as the associate for student mobility policy and research for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). In this role, he works with public institutions of higher education and other state agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transfer in Virginia. Prior to his position with SCHEV, he held several positions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he worked as a researcher, instructor, and safety inspector. Smith received his B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and both a M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in education from VCU.