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Dr. Joseph D. Smith

US Navy Biography

JOSEPH D. SMITH, Ph.D.

Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, Director

Dr. Joseph D. (J.D.) Smith was born in Sayre, PA and grew up in nearby Waverly, NY.  Dr. Smith received his B.S. Degree from Bucknell University, M.Ed. from Shippensburg University, Ph.D. from Florida State University, and a post-doctoral MBA Degree from the University of West Florida.

Dr. Smith was a developmental reading and economics teacher at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA, where he also was an assistant football coach.  In 1970 he moved to Florida and became the guidance counselor at Howard Academy in Monticello.  During his doctoral studies at Florida State, Dr. Smith was the Northwest Florida Veterans Administration Guidance Center Director.  In 1973 Dr. Smith began employment as a career federal employee of the Department of the Navy for the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) in Pensacola, Florida.  His initial assignment was the assistant for field operations and later the director for the worldwide Navy Campus off-duty education program.  In 1985 he was selected to direct the Navy Dependents Education system.  After serving as the Navy Aviation Schools Command education advisor, Dr. Smith returned to the Chief of Naval Education and Training staff.  At CNET he directed the Education and Training Management subspecialty for officers; and the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) preparing primarily minority individuals for college leading to a Navy commission.

In 1989 Dr. Smith was selected to become the Total Quality Management Coordinator.  He served on the Secretary of the Navy’s Education and Training Quality Leadership Board and taught Quality Management and Quality Leadership concepts internationally.  He also established the Total Quality Leadership Schools for the Navy and trained the instructors.  Dr. Smith served on the Navy Zero-Based Training and Education Review during 1993 prior to assuming various positions in Leadership Training Division.  In 2002 Dr. Smith was selected to become the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Program Manager. Currently there are 583 NJROTC and 31 NNDCC schools and over 85,000 students world-wide in the program.

Dr. Smith’s awards include 1991 International Military Educator of the Year, 1993 Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Quality Leader, and 1994 Civil Service Superior Service Medal.

Dr. Smith was elected to the Pensacola City Council in 1995 representing District 2.  He served a total of six terms on City Council retiring in 2007. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Blood Services, St. Petersburg Florida, a board member of the  Northwest Florida Blood Services Foundation, and an 18-gallon blood donor. He serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the West Florida Regional Planning Council responsible for planning in the eight county Florida panhandle area.  He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of West Florida where he has taught eleven different graduate courses at the masters and doctoral level in the fields of education, research, psychology, management, and leadership.

  
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