Michael J. Smith, was appointed to the EMRB on October 8,
2020. Mr. Smith is a native Mississippian he received his Bachelor of Science
in Elementary Education from Rust College, Holly Springs, MS. and his Masters
of of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of
Mississippi. A retired high school principal with 33 years in K-12 education as
a history and science teacher, basketball coach, assistant principal, and
student support services coordinator in the states of Mississippi and
Tennessee. Mr. Smith served as the President of the Shelby County (TN)
Education Association (1999-2000), and also a board member of the Tennessee
Education Association (2001-2004) Michael is the CEO and President of Northern
Nevada Cultural Foundation a 501(c-3) non-profit organization.
Throughout his personal and professional life he has
received numerous awards and recognitions on a local, state and federal level.
He has been a tirelss and dedicated public servant, and advocate for the arts
and humanities and an individual who build bridges to others.
Michael, currently serves on the Carson City Cultural
Commission for a three-year term ending January 1, 2026. He is also Basileus of
the local Reno chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He resides in Carson
City with his wife Margaret, a fifth generation Nevadan and their three Shih
Tzu puppies. Michael is the proud father of his adult son Phillip (Sallie) a
retired USMC and spending time with his grand son Royce.
During his spare time he loves to cook, golf,
read and cheer for his favorite professional sports teams consisting of the
Pittsburg Steelers, San Francisco Giants and New York Knicks along with
showcasing his musical talents singing and playing his saxophone. Michael's
favorite axiom he lives by is "A bend in the road is not the end of the
road unlsess you fail to make the turn".