Curtis J. Smith, Ph.D.

Curtis J. Smith, Ph.D.
Former Director of the Federal Executive Institute

Curt retired from federal service in 1998 and teaches public administration courses occasionally for Hampden-Sydney College and Indiana University.

From 1994–1998, he was the Director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). Curt returned to FEI for a second stint as its Director, July 2011-March 2012. Prior to his time at FEI he was the Associate Director for Retirement and Insurance, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from December l989-August l994. He began his OPM career in l977 and has held various senior managerial and executive positions throughout OPM. In l984 Curt was selected to be senior budget examiner for personnel issues at the Office of Management and Budget, returning to OPM in l985 as Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of Personnel Management. In l986 he was named Associate Director for Career Entry and Employee Development.

Curt has been awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive and served on Hillary Rodham Clinton's Health Reform Working Group in the winter of l993. In 1998, Curt was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He received his Bachelor's Degree from California Lutheran College and his Master's and Ph.D. in English literature from the Ohio State University.