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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Biscuits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
Stay Flexible So You Don't Get Bent Out Of Shape.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1964
Birth Location:
Albany, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Biscuits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
Stay Flexible So You Don't Get Bent Out Of Shape.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1964
Birth Location:
Albany
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Biography

Education administrator Steve Smith was born in 1964 in Albany, Georgia. After graduating from high school, he attended several institutions of higher education. Smith received both his B.A degree in English education and M.A. degree in education administration from the University of Georgia. He also holds an Ed.S. degree in education management from Troy State University. In 2010, Smith earned his M.B.A. degree after completing the executive format of the University of Georgia’s M.B.A. program at Terry College. The program included an international residency to Vietnam and China. In addition, Smith is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia

Smith has over twenty-five years of business leadership experience, ranging from education, marketing and communications to business development and fiscal management. From 1991 to 1997, Smith served as a principal in the Fulton County School System, and was director of administrative services for Georgia Public Broadcasting. Smith served as vice president of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), where he directed the review, selection and funding of community non-profit organizations through TBS, Inc.’s corporate philanthropy program. In 2009, Smith founded and served as principal of Steve Smith Consulting, LLC, and became a founding investor and board member of Atlantic Capital Bank – an $850 million community bank based in Buckhead, Georgia. In 2011, Smith was appointed as the deputy superintendent and chief of staff for Atlanta Public Schools, where he has executive control and direct oversight responsibility for all aspects of the day to day operations of the district.

Smith has also served on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Georgia Chamber of Commerce 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, University of Georgia Trustees, University of Georgia Alumni Association, Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition, Metro Atlanta YMCA, 191 Club and the Atlanta Business League. He has served as a gubernatorial appointment to the Independent Redistricting Task Force, and was a mayoral appointment to the Atlanta Arts & Cultural Funding Task Force.

Steve and his wife, Dr. Debra Smith, lived in Atlanta with their son, Steven, Jr.

Steve Smith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 17, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Steve Smith's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Steve Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steve Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steve Smith describes his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steve Smith talks about his mother's experiences of racial discrimination in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steve Smith describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steve Smith recalls the start of his aspiration to attend college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steve Smith describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steve Smith remembers his mother's honesty about his father's identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steve Smith describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steve Smith describes his stepfamily
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steve Smith describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steve Smith lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steve Smith describes the sights and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steve Smith describes his early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steve Smith remembers his athletic role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Steve Smith remembers Lee County Elementary School in Leesburg, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Steve Smith recalls his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Steve Smith remembers the New Piney Grove Baptist Church in Leesburg, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Steve Smith describes his experiences of academic tracking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steve Smith recalls his early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steve Smith talks about his athletic involvement at Lee County High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steve Smith describes his extracurricular activities at Lee County High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steve Smith recalls his start at Albany Junior College in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steve Smith describes his decision to attend Albany Junior College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steve Smith talks about the racial demographics of the faculty at Lee County High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steve Smith describes his community in Lee County, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steve Smith recalls his time at Albany Junior College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Steve Smith describes his early work in the communications industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Steve Smith recalls his transition to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Steve Smith talks about the integration of the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steve Smith talks about the development of his racial identity during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steve Smith recalls studying under Michael Lomax
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steve Smith remembers his activities at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steve Smith recalls the start of his career as an educator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steve Smith remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steve Smith talks about his graduate education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steve Smith recalls serving as the principal of A. Philip Randolph Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steve Smith remembers his transition to Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Steve Smith describes his time at Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steve Smith describes his work at the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steve Smith talks about Leadership Atlanta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steve Smith remembers his experiences at Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steve Smith talks about his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steve Smith remembers earning his M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steve Smith talks about his return to the Atlanta Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Steve Smith describes the cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Steve Smith talks about the carbon monoxide leak at Finch Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Steve Smith describes his professional goals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Steve Smith describes his advice to aspiring community leaders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Steve Smith talks about Steve Smith Consulting, LLC.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Steve Smith talks about his family and community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Steve Smith describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Steve Smith reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Steve Smith reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Steve Smith describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Steve Smith narrates his photographs