Dr. Russell W. Smith
Dr. Russell Smith graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1971, earned his masters in 1974, and his doctorate in 1977. As an undergrad he was active in student government and served as chairman of the Speakers Committee, President Pro Tempore of the Student Senate and Student Government Delegate to the university council. As a graduate student, he had research assistantships in the Department of Political Science and worked for the Provost’s Office. Dr. Smith had a Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Abroad for research on city administration in Indonesia, but political unrest prevented all candidates from doing research in the country in 1975. Upon graduation, Dr. Smith taught public management, public personnel management, and quantitative research methods at North Texas State University from 1976-1983. While there, he published over 20 articles and other manuscripts on public management, comparative public administration, and public personnel management. In 1983 he moved to Killeen Texas where he became a management analyst with the U.S. Army at Ft. Hood. He did productivity improvement studies, eventually rising to lead the Management and Productivity Improvement Branch in the Directorate of Resource Management. In 1987, Dr. Smith began working as an operations research analyst for the U.S. Army Materiel Command. There he specialized in cost analysis studies of weapons systems and later developed resource forecasting and management models for the Army Working Capital Fund. He also published three books on getting jobs with the federal government. Dr. Smith retired on disability in the fall of 2003 and returned to Killeen, TX to renew old friendships, ride his motorcycles, and work with the Cen-Tex Humane Society.