Associate Athletic Director for Communications
Beginning his 15th season at the University
of Arkansas, Bill Smith was promoted to associate athletic director
September 1999. He coordinates all publications and public relations
activities for the Lady Razorbacks.
Smith's recent major project was the completion
of the Lady Razorback Museum in Barnhill Arena in 1999.
An internet pioneer, Smith took Arkansas on-line
in 1994 and continues to serve as the lead designer and manager for ladybacks.com.
He also has an internet consulting practice. Smith was a featured speaker
at the 1998 and 1999 CoSIDA Convention on the use of internet.
Among his other projects were starting the
Lady Razorback Radio Network, taking LRRN statewide, creating the first
broadcast television package for the Lady'Backs including the first live
SEC soccer match on commercial television and a new half-hour magazine
show that airs statewide.
Smith joined Arkansas after four years as
assistant SID at Northeast Louisiana. A 1984 magna cum laude journalism
graduate of NLU, Smith earned his master's in history from NLU in 1989.
Smith's publications at NLU and Arkansas have earned over 30 regional
and national awards, including 11 Best in the Nation from CoSIDA. He has
also authored several articles on the theory and practice of sports information.
He completed his doctorate in American history
at the University in 1999 with his dissertation titled, "Mercenary Eagles:
American Pilots Serving in Foreign Air Forces Prior to the United States
Entry into the Second World War, 1936-1941." President of the board of
directors of the Arkansas Air Museum, Smith also is an amateur radio operator
A native of Monroe, La., he and wife, Libby,
have a son, 12-year-old Will, and daughter, six-year-old Ashley.