Dianne Audrick Smith Announces Retirement

After a distinguished career in industry, education and the Episcopal Church, Dianne Audrick Smith, Church Divinity School of the Pacific’s director of enrollment services, has announced that she will retire effective July 3.

“Dianne’s professionalism, commitment to diversity and extensive network in the church have been a great benefit to CDSP,” said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of CDSP. “We are grateful to her for her loyal service and for the bright, committed students she has helped bring to CDSP.”

Smith, who has worked at CDSP since January 2011, also has extensive experience in corporate sales and marketing, fund and business development, and education. She is secretary of the Union of Black Episcopalians and has held many leadership roles in the Diocese of California and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California.

“My last major project at CDSP will be the highlight of my time on Holy Hill,” said Smith, referring to Why Serve 2014, a gathering of young adults of color that takes place at CDSP from June 5-8. “My ministry has been to help people who have entrusted their stories and dreams to me to discern their path, and I am delighted to finish that work by hosting young adults of color here at CDSP.”

A native of Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio, Smith will remain in Oakland after her retirement and continue her active ministry with the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Diocese of California and at St. Augustine’s.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, educates students in an ecumenical and interreligious context to develop leaders who can proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world through traditional and emerging ministries. Learn more at