Brad Smith

Brad Smith is the Chancellor of BGU and served 20 years as BGU President. He currently directs the Global Institute of Leadership of the World Evangelical Alliance. He also served as a legislative assistant to two U.S. Senators in areas of foreign relations and agriculture and was on the founding team of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Seminary in 1986, where he spent seven years developing spiritual formation and leadership programs. Chancellor Smith also was the founding pastor of Kessler Community Church in Dallas, Texas. He also served as the President of Leadership Network.

To learn more about Brad's work as BGU's President, please read It Takes a Village to Raise a University President.


  • DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, 2008

  • ThM in Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX, 1988

  • BA in Business Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1981