The Katherine E. Smith Professorship
in Healthy Children and Families

Katherine E. SmithIn 2013 Katherine E. Smith made a $500,000 gift commitment to create an endowed professorship in the Healthy Children and Families program of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Born in Chicago, Smith and her family moved to Oregon where she attended schools in Portland and Salem. She graduated from Oregon State in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in the College of Home Economics.

Smith was an executive in the food manufacturing industry including Vice President Marketing Communications & Consumer Affairs with The Quaker Oat Company, Group Executive U.S. & International Communications with Dairy Management, Inc., and Vice President Marketing Services with The Great Atlantic & Pacific (A&P) food retail company. She held increasingly responsible positions in marketing and communications with The Pillsbury company and Southern California Gas Company. Smith was a director of CILCORP, Inc., and subsidiary Central Illinois Light Company. In 1998 she established Smith Partners, a consulting firm specializing in marketing communications, strategic planning, and executive coaching in Chicago. Since 2005 she has lived in Tucson, Ariz., where she is a volunteer with theater, art, and cultural organizations.

Smith has long been an active supporter of her alma mater and received an Alumni Fellow award from the OSU Alumni Association in 1989. She served as an OSU Foundation Trustee from 1990 to 2004 and on the College of Home Economics & Education Council from 1986 to 2000. She co-chaired the capital campaign committee for the college's Mercedes A. Bates Family Study Center, which opened in 1992 as the nation's first center dedicated to studying families during their entire lifespan.

 

Megan McClelland

Megan McClellandThe inaugural Katherine E. Smith Professor is Megan McClelland, associate professor in human development and family sciences and the director of the Healthy Development in Early Childhood Research Core at the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

Her research focuses on the development of self-regulation in children and adolescents: the ability to listen, pay attention, follow through on a task, and remember instructions. She has examined links between self-regulation and academic achievement from early childhood to adulthood, recent advances in measuring self-regulation, and intervention efforts to improve these skills in young children, thus preparing them for school.

A member of the Oregon State faculty since 2001, McClelland has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. She earned her bachelor's degree at University of California, Irvine, and her master's and doctoral degrees at Loyola University Chicago.

 

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