If South Dakota State University had a Mount Rushmore for alumni relations, V.J. Smith would occupy a spot.

Smith ‘78 was the brainchild and chief researcher for The College on the Hill, a sense of SDSU history that he co-authored. Smith was Executive Director from 1996 to 2006 before pursuing a public-speaking career full-time.

Private funds are being raised to construct the Alumni Green. That led to the current effort to honor Smith, along with Keith Jensen, in the Alumni Center. The board room will be the Jensen-Smith Board Room.