Mr. Wade Smith, Superintendent
(509) 526-6715 (office)
Administrative Assistant: Susie Golden - email@example.com
Meet Superintendent Wade Smith
Mr. Wade Smith joined Walla Walla Public Schools in July 2016, serving as its 16th superintendent over its nearly 140 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 wife Marianne. They enrolled and completed the Masters in Education program together and have been happily married for twenty years. They have two daughters who both attend WaHi and are actively involved in athletics and school events. Marianne is a teacher in the neighboring Milton-Freewater School District, serving as a high school art teacher at MacHi.
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.
To follow his progress and activities in the Walla Walla Schools, in addition to his community engagement and volunteerism, feel free to follow him on Twitter @WallaWallaSup