Ray Smith, Ph.D.

Lecturer, School of Business Administration, Director of the Center for Leadership Studies

Dr. Smith serves as a full-time professor for Belhaven University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia. Additionally, he has an International MBA from the prestigious Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and at The Anglo American University of Prague, Czech Republic. He teaches an annual workshop in Leadership for the Institut d’Administration et des Entreprises for the Aix/Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence, France. For seventeen years prior to coming to Belhaven University, he served as the founding director of two MBA programs first at King College and later at Bryan College. He also taught in the MBA program for Bethel University.

In April 2015, Dr. Smith was appointed as the Director of the Center for Leadership Studies at the Anglo-American University of Prague, Czech Republic - LINK. In February 2016. Dr. Smith was approved by the Faculty Senate of Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, to serve a 5-year term as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Business Innovation Laboratory - LINK.

From May to December 2013, Dr. Smith lived and taught in Eastern/Central Europe, first at the Anglo American University of Prague and then under the auspices of a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Bratislava, Slovak Republic at Comenius University. He taught at the ISS (International Summer School of the Universidad de Coruna) in A Coruna, Spain. In July, the Fulbright Commission named him to the Fulbright Specialist Program and selected him as a Fulbright Peer-Reviewer for Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Bulgaria and Slovak Republic.

Dr. Smith worked internationally in Haiti, West Indies for seven years before entering academia. During his time in Haiti, Dr. Smith served as country administrator of World Vision International and helped design, develop, and direct over 75 programs and projects in integrated rural development. These activities ranged from national level programs to eradicate TB to local programs involving education, nutrition, and healthcare as well as leadership training programs.

For the past seventeen years, Dr. Smith has directed international study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate business students in 25 countries of Europe with a focus on introducing American students to the European Union. Most recently, he taught and lectured in Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania; Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic; Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic; the University of Banja Luka, in Bosnia; SERC in Bangor, Northern Ireland; and he has delivered lectures on various topics in organizational leadership at Hemopharm in Vrsac, Serbia; Club of Managers in Bratislava, Slovakia; and the Defense Language Institute for senior Czech military officers in Vyskov and Brno, Czech Republic.

Dr. Smith was the recipient of two academic awards to further his work in Europe. He participated as a Salzburg Seminar Fellow in Salzburg, Austria under the auspices of a Mellon Foundation Grant to explore the topic: The European Union: Challenges of Integration and Expansion in July of 2005 as well as an International Faculty Study participant to examine the Cultural Heritage of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Faiths in Andalusia, Spain in July 2004.

Since the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Smith has consulted and provided leadership training workshops for Haitian university students on five occasions both in Haiti and in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the international YMCA and Georgetown University in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development. In January of 2011, Dr. Smith directed a select group of YMCA executives from around the USA on a ten-day Leadership Training Institute to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Organizational Leadership