Nickie Smith serves as the Assistant Director for Housing Services within the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Virginia Tech. In this role, she works with the assignments and billing for on-campus residents and off-campus dining plan holders. Additionally, she collaborates with a variety of campus partners to provide the highest level of service to residents during their time in university housing. Nickie believes the community found in residence halls can transform a student’s college experience and works to ensure all students have the opportunity to reap the benefits of the residential experience.
Nickie earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College and a master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration from George Washington University. Prior to arriving at Virginia Tech, Nickie worked in residence life and student conduct at variety of institutions across the country, most recently serving as Assistant Dean of Students at Hollins University.
Nickie’s favorite aspiration for student learning is the commitment to unwavering curiosity. She believes remaining curious about the world outside yourself leads you on a life-long journey of discovery and growth, fostering increased understanding and empathy.
Outside of work, Nickie can often be found putting her curiosity to work through continuing her doctoral studies. Additionally, she loves spending time with friends while gaming, adventuring, or just catching up with each other.