The following is a press release.
Former President of Trenholm State Marion D. Smiley Dies
Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Marion D. Smiley, president emeritus of H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010. He served as second president of the former Trenholm State Technical College from 1970-1981. He was a remarkable educator who guided the college through a tenuous period after the untimely death of its first president. Because of a federal court order in 1970, the two state technical colleges located in Montgomery were experiencing major shifts in program offerings and personnel.
During his eleven-year tenure at the institution that was later designated as a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Mr. Smiley was responsible for numerous major accomplishments, including: transformation of an institution that started out as a "trade school" to a bona fide two-year college from the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The deceased president is credited with being the driving force behind the preservation of the practical nursing program on the Trenholm campus, which later proved to be the stepping stone for that college to launch several other allied health training programs. Under his leadership, the accounting and stenography/office technology programs started offering associate degrees; a new dental assisting technology program and an emergency medical technology program were initiated, and a comprehensive allied health occupations classroom building was erected. He worked hard to maintain a strong presence of construction, automotive training, plumbing, and industrial electricity at the college in west Montgomery. The night school offerings at the college expanded phenomenally during Smiley's administration and the college initiated the 'Special Services for Disadvantaged' and the 'Educational Talent Search' federal TRIO projects. During that period, the college also took the initiative to successfully pursue a Minority Institutions Science Improvement Program with funding from the National Science Foundation.