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James L. Smith
James Smith

1890 Research & Extension Director of IT ServicesJohn W. Matthews Jr. 1890 Extension Center 236803-707-5596

James Smith

James Smith's role at SC State University consists of overseeing all technology-related operations including 1890 facilities/offices located on campus as well as the regional centers. In addition to Information Technology assignments, he also arranges purchasing, repairs and routine maintenance for all 1890 Research & Extension fleet vehicles.


  • 2000 IBM Certified Specialist 
  • 2000 HP / Compaq Accredited Systems Engineer
  • 2000 Comptia A+ Computer Certification
  • 2007 Microsoft Certified Professional


Smith has worked with the 1890 Research & Extension Program since 2006. He assisted 1890 with IT support as an Information technology subcontractor before coming aboard full-time in 2012. He has been responsible for all 1890 IT operations, 1890 facilities and fleet vehicle management. At this time, he solely manages 1890 IT as the Director of IT Services. He did a six-year tenure in the U.S. Army as a wireless systems/microwave dish tower installer and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant E-5.

Smith received a certificate of appreciation from Southern University and A&M College System.