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Higher education administrator , Minister , writer

David Robert Smith, American higher education administrator, minister, writer. Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1978. Recipient Outstanding Young Men of America, OYMA Board, 1977, 1981-1984, Who's Who in the Southwest, Marquis' Who's Who, 1997, Who's Who in the Southeast, 1999—2003.


Smith, David Robert was born on April 17, 1952 in Quanah, Texas, United States. Son of William Ingram and Genevieve (Gushee) Smith.


Education Doctorate, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1985—1992. Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1975—1978. Bachelor, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, 1970—1974.


Youth director, First Baptist Church, Paducah, Texas, 1971-1973;pastor, First Baptist Church, Flora Vista, New Mexico, 1978-1981;evangelist, Southern Baptist Convention, Southwestern United States, 1973-1974;pastor, Thornberry Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1975-1978;admissions counselor, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, 1974-1975;director admissions, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, 1981-1985;dean admissions, Belmont College, Nashville, 1985-1992;director development/denomination support, Belmont College, Nashville, 1992-1994. Baptist student union director San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico, 1978-1981;seminary extension director San Juan Baptist Association, Farmington, 1978-1981. Cons.Together We Build fund raising program, Abilene, 1982-1985.

Vice president for institutional advancement Wayland Baptist U., Plainview, Texas, since 1994.


  • Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1978.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (doctoral dissertation) Effects of Perceived Goal Congruence Upon Fund Raising at Selected Christian Colleges (Public Dissertation, 1992), (peer-reviewed article) More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Ethics in Promotional Literature (Presented at Annual American Medical Association Meeting. Public in Marketing Of Higher Education, 1991), (religious educational curriculum) Various Sunday School Lessons for Baptist Sunday School Board and Lifeway Services.


Coach T-Ball, Abilene, 1985, Western American Little League Baseball, Nashville, 1987. Den leader Boy Scouts of America, Nashville, 1986-1989. Teacher Harpeth Hts. Baptist Church, 1985-1994.

Member Tennessee Association College Admissions Counselors, American Association Higher Education, American Association College Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association Foreign Student Advisors, Hardin-Simmons U. Alumni Association (New Mexico chapter president 1980), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni Association (New Mexico chapter president 1981).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, outdoor sports, reading.


Married Jacalyn Ann Rainwater, June 8, 1974. Children: Timothy, Alida.

William Ingram Smith

Genevieve (Gushee) Smith

Jacalyn Ann Rainwater

Timothy Smith

Alida Smith