James D. Smith

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Title: Field Service Representative

Office: 201 Front Ave. SW, Suite 310, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone: 616-331-6962

Email: smijames@gvsu.edu


James Smith, Ph.D. joined the Charter Schools Office (CSO) in November 2009 and assumed responsibilities for supporting GVSU authorized school boards and charter schools in Southeast Michigan. Prior to joining, James worked for IBM for twenty-eight years. When he retired in 2001 his responsibilities as Director of Education and Government Consulting included leading a large consulting practice that provided IBM management consulting and implementation services to K-12 school districts, higher education, and city, county and state governments in fifteen Midwestern States. James has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Business Administration and - after retiring from IBM - earned a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University. His commitment to community service has included serving on the Lansing Area United Way Long Range Planning Committee; Lansing Urban League Board of Directors; Detroit Urban League Board of Directors; and the Board of Directors of Great Oaks Academy, a K-8 charter school in Warren, Michigan. Dr. Smith is married, has two sons, and enjoys reading, golf and tennis.

Field Service Representative for:

  • Cornerstone Health School
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy
  • Detroit Premier Academy
  • East Arbor Academy
  • Hanley International Academy
  • Legacy Charter Academy
  • Madison-Carver Academy
  • Michigan Math and Science Academy
  • Paragon Charter Academy
  • PSAD (UPA, UPSM, Henry Ford)
  • Reach Charter Academy
  • Warrendale Charter Academy
  • Washington-Parks Academy/Lincoln-King Academy