Headshot Faculty Garry Smith

Garry R. Smith, MA

Professor of Political Science
Affiliate Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences
garry.smith@ngu.edu
Unit: 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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