INDIANA HOUSE

VERNON SMITH


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Personal
Full Name : Vernon G. Smith
Gender : Male
Home City : Gary
Religion : Missionary Baptist
Education
EdD, Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship, Indiana University at Bloomington, 1970-1978
MS, Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship, Indiana University at Bloomington, 1966-1969
BS, Elementary Education and Teaching, Indiana University at Bloomington, 1962-1966
Attending, Indiana University
 
Professional Experience
Professor, Education, Indiana University Northwest, 1992-present
Principal, Williams School, 1985-1992
Principal, Nobel School, 1978-1985
Assistant Principal, Ivanhoe School, 1972-1978
Teacher, Gary Public School System, 1966-1971
Former Interim Dean, Indiana University at Northwest School of Education
Principal and Teacher, Gary Community School Corporation
 
Political Experience
Candidate, Indiana State House of Representatives, District 14, 2022
Representative, Indiana State House of Representatives, District 14, 1990-present
Member, Gary City Council, 1972-1990
 
Current Legislative Committees
Education Committee
Financial Institutions Committee
Local Government Committee
 
Org Membership
Founding Member, Northern Indiana Association of Black School Educators, present
Member, Gary Association of School Administrators, present
Board Member, Medical Center of Gary
Board Member, Northwest Indiana Urban League
Charter Member, Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
Deacon, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Former Chair, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males
Former President, Indiana University Gents, Incorporated
Founder, Young Citizens' League
Founder, Youth Ensuring Solidarity
Founder/Board President, African American Achievers Youth Corps, Incorporated
Founder/Chair, Gary Indiana City-Wide Festival Committee
Founder/President, Indiana University Dons, Incorporated
Founder/Sponsor, Vernon Stars
Member, Little League World Series Board
Member, Gary Young Democrats
Member, Phi Delta Kappa
Member, Brothers Keeper Shelter for Homeless Men
Member, Governor's Commission for Drug Free Indiana
Member, Gary Educational Talent Search Board
Member, Indiana Black Legislative Caucus
Member, Gary Common Council
Member, Handgun Control, Incorporated
Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Member, Gary Community Mental Health Board
Member, Board of Trustees, Criminal Justice Institute
Member, Katie Hall Educational Foundation
Member, Indiana Association of School Principals
Member, Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching
Member, Indiana University Alumni Association
Member, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
Member, Gary Reading Council/Indiana State Reading Association
Member/Sunday School Teacher, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
National Chair, African-American Male National Council
Sponsor, Annual Harvest Feast
Sponsor, Annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner