Bob Smith Pays It Forward

Bob Smith

Bob Smith will retire after having served more than 30 years as executive director of the North East Florida Educational Consortium.

Published originally in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

by Patricia Stephens, ’11

Growing up in the small town of Clothier, “Bob” Smith, ’72, knew the scarcity of educational opportunities. He also knew he was determined to have that college degree.

“If you’ve seen the movie Coal Minter’s Daughter, you have a pretty accurate picture of the town and the people,” says Bob. clothier had one grocery and no other stores, no stop lights and no city government. His father worked in a coal mine and his mother took in laundry. Even though Bob’s father had only a third grade education, he knew what it took to get ahead and he made it clear that his sons were to attend college. Continue reading Bob Smith Pays It Forward