Building and Grounds Committee, Student Affairs Committee
Mr. Bennie L. Smith
Mr. Bennie L. Smith (Honorary Dr.)
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Student Affairs Committee
First appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in August 2006
Sworn in on 9/14/06
Mr. Smith has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Bennie Smith Funeral Homes since 1982, which operates in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia and is one of the largest African American-owned funeral homes in the country.
After earning a Mortuary Degree in 1971 from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science, Mr. Smith earned a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and a Master of Counseling from the University of Delaware in 1978. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.