Ralph B. Smith, who is retiring as dean of the College of Education at Brigham Young University, will be honored at a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. June 30 in the Alumni House.

A BYU faculty member since 1963, Smith has been education dean since 1984.Born in Massachusetts and raised in Venice, Calif., Smith has been a leader in a partnership program between BYU and Utah public schools. He and Clark Cox, retiring superintendent of Alpine School District, accepted the Outstanding Principal Preparation Program Award from the American Association of School Administrators this year.

Smith specializes in research on rural schools and community colleges and has published extensively in both fields. At BYU he has served as assistant dean of students, chairman of the educational administration department, assistant dean, associate dean and acting dean.

He graduated from Santa Monica City College before obtaining a bachelor's degree in political science from BYU in 1943.

He earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Southern California in 1947 and a doctoral degree in educational administration from BYU in 1962.

Before joining BYU's faculty, Smith served as dean of students and as chairman of the social science department at Monterey Peninsula College in California.

He has also served as a national director of teacher educators with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.