Marshall Smith

Title: Senior Fellow
Company: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Marshall Smith, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education consultant.

The choice to work in education was a simple one to make for Dr. Smith. He grew up with his father who was a college professor and his mother who studied at Columbia University. Motivated by his parents, he earned an AB, EdM and an EdD from Harvard University in 1960, 1963 and 1970, respectively. Since 2010, he has provided his skills and expertise with the Carnegie Foundation. He has worked and taught at a number of esteemed institutions, including Harvard University, the US Department of Education, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the National Institute of Education. Furthermore, he has served as a private consultant and was the chairman of the Task Force for K-12 Education for President Clinton’s Transition Team.

Dr. Smith has enjoyed every job he ever had, but while a dean at Stanford, he wrote a paper that became very influential about education reform. It got picked up by a lot of people in Washington. From there he was selected for President Clinton’s transition team, and then he got the job as under-secretary, which was responsible for development of policy and budget. He was also writing legislation; the content of the legislation was significantly influenced by the earlier paper. Another highlight was when he was at Hewlett Foundation for about two weeks. The president of MIT walked into his office and said, “Have I got a deal for you. You give me a $100M and I’ll give you all the contents and courses at MIT.” This was the beginning of open education resources (OER). MIT posted the content for nearly every course online for free at the university. The idea spread and free textbooks and other educational materials are used around the world.

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