Mr. Wade Smith, Superintendent
(509) 526-6715 (office)
Administrative Assistant: Susie Golden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Superintendent Wade Smith
Mr. Wade Smith joined Walla Walla Public Schools in July 2016, serving as its 16th superintendent over its 134-year history as a school district. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, Wade served as Interim and Deputy Superintendent for the Hermiston School District in Hermiston, OR for nine years. During his educational tenure, he has worked as a classroom teacher, elementary and secondary principal, and central office administrator.
Wade grew up near Beaverton, OR. A son of a construction worker and career secretary, Wade is a first-generation college student who attended Willamette University, studying chemistry and instrumental music. After experiencing an Introduction to Teaching course early on during his college tenure, his passion for education and serving students was born, initially setting his sights on becoming a high school science teacher.
While at Willamette, Wade met his future wife Marianne. They enrolled and completed the Masters in Education program together and have been happily married for almost twenty years. They have two daughters; Cheyenne attends WaHi, and Emily is a student at Garrison Middle School. Marianne is a teacher in the neighboring Milton-Freewater School District.
Wade completed his principal, superintendent credentials, and pre-doctoral work at Lewis and Clark College, and has since served as an adjunct instructor for aspiring school administrators. In 2014 he began his doctoral dissertation through Concordia University, focusing on construction delivery models associated with K-12 capital referenda.
When he is not busy supporting either community or district events, you are likely to find Wade spending time recreating in the mountains, as an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and snow sports.