Eugene W. Smith, was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on June 10, 1930. He earned a Bachelors degree at ASU and his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi. From 1958 to 1984 he served at Arkansas State University in positions ranging from instructor, to professor, to Graduate Dean and Vice President. In 1980, 1984-1992, & 1994-95, he served as President of Arkansas State University. Dr. Smith is Emeritus President of the University.
Dr. Smith served on the Kays Foundation Board of Directors from 1986 until December 31, 2014. He held two positions on the board. One as Vice President from 1988-1996 and then served as President of the Board from 1996-2013.
Dr. Eugene “Gene” Smith retired from the Kays Foundation after 28 Years of Service
Wayne Blake presenting “Gene” Smith with his retirement gift