Mark W Smith(AB 1982)


   Mark W. Smith (AB Harvard 1982; JD Washington University) is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean for Career Services at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a native St. Louisian and a first generation college student.  Mark spent fourteen years as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Washington University School of Law.  Before joining the law school, he practiced law in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave.  Over the last 30 years, Mark has taught at the School of Law, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the John M. Olin School of Business Executive MBA program. 

   Mark also has been active in community and civic organizations and served as President of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners.  He also served as a board member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, The College School and St. Stephens Protomartyr Church.  He currently serves as a Trustee of the Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis.

   In 2004 Mark ran as a Democratic candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District of Missouri.  Despite raising a quarter of a million dollars, receiving the endorsements of political and governmental leaders, as well as the endorsement of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he lost miserably.  He currently is a regular guest on a monthly radio show on the local NPR affiliate that discusses legal topics in the news.

   Mark is married to Lisa Braun and they have four children, Will, Michael, Laura, and Caroline.