Wayman F. Smith III

Wayman F. Smith III was inducted into the Fred David Gray Hall of Fame by the National Bar Association in 2016

The St. Louis Region has lost a great business leader and pioneer for education. Atty. Wayman F. Smith III served as a member of the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents for 21 years, and as chairman for 12 of those years (1989-2010).  He also initiated the first major corporate sponsorship of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri.

During Atty. Smith’s tenure as chairman of Harris-Stowe, the College expanded from one building and one degree to a status of University with six buildings, a new Business School campus in South St. Louis, 14 degree programs, doubled full-time faculty and tripled student enrollment. Chairman Smith’s leadership assisted Harris-Stowe’s first major fundraising project to the level of $45 million.

Chairman Wayman F. Smith III was one of the founding members of Harris-Stowe’s African American Business Leadership Council (AABLC), chaired by David Steward. The AABLC is an alliance of African-American business leaders who support the Harris-Stowe State University Business Administration program with their personal resources and business know-how. The AABLC raised more than $400,000 in scholarships for business school students.

Upon his retirement, Chairman Wayman F. Smith III was presented an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents.

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