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Dr. Wade Smith, Superintendent

Phone: (509) 526-6715

Susie Golden,
Executive Assistant

Phone: (509) 526-6715


My Core Values:

 "I strive to be an inspirational leader who believes that leveraging collaborative cultures built on organizational trust is the the most effective way to maximize internal capacity to ensure high levels of learning for all.

Wade Smith Low Res


Dr. Wade Smith joined Walla Walla Public Schools in 2016, serving as its 16th superintendent over its 165 year history as a school district.  During his twenty-five year educational tenure, Wade has worked as a classroom teacher, elementary and secondary principal, central office administrator, and Superintendent.


In 2021 Dr. Smith was recognized by the Washington Association of School Administrator's with the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Leader Award for all large school districts in Washington State. Smith also received the WASA Student Achievement Leadership Award in 2021 for improving outcomes for students by closing the graduation gap for Hispanic/Latino students. Dr. Smith has served on a number of state committees, workgroups, and advisory roles advocating for Improved student outcomes, experiences and opportunities. 

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.

Superintendent Video Series & Monthly Pulse Updates

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Educational Leadership & Involvement

  • AASA Governing Board: 2023-Present
  • WSU-Vancouver Professional Education Advisory Board: 2022-Present
  • Walla Walla Blue Zones Steering Committee: 2020-2023
  • WASA/AASA Communities of Practice Workgroup: 2020-23
  • Walla Walla Noon Rotary 2016-Present
  • WASA Region 123 Board Member: 2018-2022
  • WASA School Funding Coalition: 2020-21
  • OSPI Student Learning Advisory Workgroup: 2020-21
  • OSPI Staffing Enrichment Workgroup: 2019-20
  • ESD 123 Superintendent President: 2018-20

Superintendent Communications & Publications

WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS • 364 South Park St. • Walla Walla, WA 99362 • Phone: 509-527-3000 • Fax: 509.529.7713

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