A former teacher and coach in the Hope Public Schools has been honored by the University of Minnesota as a 2019-2020 Distinguished Alumnus.

Dr. Roscoe Smith of Dallas retired in 1998 as acting superintendent of the Benton Harbo public schools after a 40-year career in public education which began after his graduation from Bishop College in Marshall, TX in 1958.

Dr. Smith, who received his doctorate in educational administration from UM in 1972, was among the honorees recognized by the UM College of Education and Human Development.

“Smith had a 40-year career as a classroom teacher, youth leader, and administrator focused on supporting students and encouraging family involvement,” the UM announcement stated.

Smith was the first African American male to be promoted from teaching into administration in the Dallas Independent School District, where he designed and implemented the district’s first Central Parent Advisory Council, considered a national model, and the basis for his founding the Texas Parent Coordinating Council, according to the announcement.

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