Willie Smith

2021-22 Aspen New Presidents Fellow
Dr. Willie E. Smith has been working in the Louisiana Community & Technical College System and the former Louisiana Technical College in various executive leadership roles for the past 21 years. He currently serves as chancellor for Baton Rouge Community College. Prior to coming to BRCC Dr. Smith served as the vice president for training and business partnerships for LCTCS, CEO for South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC), and vice president of academics and workforce solutions at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC).

Smith earned his B.A. from Tulane University, where he attended on a full athletic scholarship. He earned his MPA from Troy University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Argosy University. Smith was a participant in the Council for a Better Louisiana's Leadership Louisiana Class.

Smith was recognized by Community Policing News in Washington, D.C., for his work addressing juvenile delinquency in Mobile, Alabama. Smith enjoys fishing, foreign policy, and sports. He is married to Cheryl Smith and they have three children.