He is a member of the Registry for College & University Presidents, a nationally-regarded organization providing veteran presidential leadership. Smith's career has included the presidency of Dowling College, the founding Chancellorship of Alamein University in
Egypt preceded by the presidencies of Richmond
The American University in London (England) and of Wagner College (NY). He is President Emeritus of Wagner and is widely credited with the College's
survival and prominence. His book, TOP TIER, cited
as a Book of Note by the Council of Independent Colleges, chronicles Wagner's turnaround years.
WHAT COLLEGE TRUSTEES NEED TO KNOW,
co-authored with George J. Matthews, Chairman Emeritus of Northeastern University and Dr. Bryan E. Carlson, President of the Registry for College and University Presidents was published earlier this year. Both books are available from on-line retailers.
Earlier in his career, Smith was affiliated with Harvard University, where he earned his doctorate and was Assistant Dean of two Harvard graduate schools, Education and Government. He was part of the inaugural management team of the John F. Kennedy School of Government when it opened its new campus at Harvard in the late 1970's.