Dr. Brenda L. Galloway Smith was the first African American woman principal of Mount Vernon High School in White Plains, NY and served from 2002 to June 2007 as the first African American female Superintendent of the Mount Vernon Public Schools, following 39 years of service in the education system. As superintendent, she oversaw a $180 million budget and supervised a staff of 1400, with a student body of more than 10,000 students. Dr. Smith represents the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women to the UN, which affords her the opportunity to travel worldwide and to work with other NGOs at the UN. She is the recipient of more than 100 awards for service to youth and the community from clubs, churches, fraternities and foundations. She was named New York State Teacher of the Year, among other awards. Dr. Smith is a board member of numerous organizations.
Mrs. Smith received a B.S. Degree from Livingstone College in North Carolina, and Masters from Hunter College and Columbia University. She received a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership in Educational Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Livingstone College. Mrs. Smith is actively involved in the Mount Hope African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, where her husband Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith, Sr. is senior Pastor. They have three children and three grandchildren.