Eric J. Smith
Fellow, Education Reform
George W. Bush Institute

Mr. Smith serves as an adviser to the Bush Institute’s Advancing Accountability program. He previously served as the Commissioner of Education for the state of Florida.  Mr. Smith has also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for The College Board and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. He has also served as the chairman of the National Assessment of Title 1 Independent Review Panel.

In addition to his duties for the Bush Institute, Mr. Smith is the executive director of Chiefs for Change, a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders that share a zeal for education reform.

Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Science and Education from Colorado State University and a doctorate in education from the University of Florida.