Dr. E. Steven Smith was sworn in as Interim Superintendent of the Bibb County School District on June 3, 2013.
Dr. Smith grew up attending schools in the Bibb County School District and graduated from Willingham High School in 1969. After college, he spent 18 years working in the Bibb County School District, beginning his career here as a teacher and coach at Central High School and leaving as principal of that school. He served as Superintendent of the Pulaski County School System for two years before moving to Lowndes County School System to serve as its Superintendent for 10 years. He was also a faculty member for the Valdosta State University James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education.
His years of service to public education have come with numerous accolades and appointments. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Smith to the Southern Regional Education Board, on which he served two terms. He also served as President of the Georgia School Superintendents Association and served on the organization’s Board of Directors for nine years. In 2009, he received the Bill Barr Leadership Award. Upon his retirement, the Lowndes County Board of Education awarded him the distinction of Superintendent Emeritus. He also has been featured in the book “31206: The Boys of Willingham High 1958-1970” by Joe McDaniel and two Telegraph articles – “Finishing First” by Bill Boyd and “When Mama Calls, You Come Running” by Ed Grisamore.
Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University in 2001. Prior to that, he obtained two Master's degrees - one in Social and Behavioral Science Education and the other in Educational Administration. He also has an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Georgia College and State University and an Associate degree from Macon State College.