Garry R. Smith, M.P.A.

Headshot Faculty Garry Smith

Professor of Political Science
Affiliate Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences
garry.smith@ngu.edu
Department: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Location: Tigerville, SC

“Talking about politics and political science excites me. Talking to our students at North Greenville University is a privilege and an honor.”
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Political Science.

    Degrees

    B.A., University of South Carolina-Aiken

    M.A., University of South Carolina

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes a thirty-seven year career in Public Administration in South Carolina. I have been teaching at the university level since 2016.

  • Articles Published

    “No Staff, No Time, No Money: Can Budget Reform Work In A Rural County”, International Journal of Public Administration, January, 1994, S. Jane Massey, PHD, Garry R. Smith, MPA

  • Awards Received

    2019-20 – Board of Directors, American Legislative Exchange Council

    2019 – Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Association of Clerks of Court and Register of Deeds

    2018-2019 – Recognition for Service on the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee to the Federal Communications Commission

    2018 – Business Advocate Award, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

    2018 – Thomas Jefferson Award, Public Sector State Chair of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council

    2016 – Business Advocate Award, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

    2016 – Distinguished Citizens Award, Boy Scouts of America

    2016 – Clementia Pinkney Award, Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Housing Association

    2015-2018 – Outstanding Service Award, Communications and Technology Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council, Task Force Chairman

    2015 – Legislator of the Year, YMCA of South Carolina

    2015 – South Carolina House Member of the Year, South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

    2014 – Top Individual Fundraiser Award, South Carolina Tour de Cure, American Diabetes Association

    2014 – Public Servant Award, South Carolina Baptist Convention

    2013 – Business Advocate Award, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce2014 – Thomas Jefferson Award, Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council

    2011 – Top Team Award, South Carolina Tour de Cure, American Diabetes Association

    2009-2010 – Perfect Legislative Score Award, Palmetto Family Council

    2009 – Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Young Republicans

    2008 – Friend of Taxpayer Award, South Carolina Association of Taxpayers

    2007-2008 – Perfect Legislative Score Award, Palmetto Family Council

    2001 – 2nd Place Trophy, Ryute Classic, Southeastern Bogu Kumite, Black Belt Division

    2000 – 3rd Place Trophy, Ryute Classic, Southeastern Bogu Kumite, Black Belt Division

  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

    • American Legislative Exchange Council
    • South Carolina General Assembly
    • Municipal Association of South Carolina
    • South Carolina Association of Counties
    • South Carolina Sheriffs Association
    • South Carolina Police Chiefs Association
    • Solicitors Association of South Carolina
  • My Story

    For many years I had worked with Lisa Van Riper, North Greenville University, speaking to the Honors Program Students, and to students on their field trip to the South Carolina General Assembly. I always enjoyed the opportunity to talk with students from the University. Little did I know that in 2017 I would be asked to teach at the University. It has truly been an honor and a rewarding experience for me.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    State and Local Government

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