Great Grads: Kristi Smith ’97
Armed with strong credentials from UALR and 10 years of professional experience, Kristi Smith is set to tackle a brand-new challenge as a pharmaceutical sales specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. This challenge will be nothing for a seasoned professional like Smith.
A bachelor’s degree in international studies afforded her the opportunity to study abroad in France through the Donaghey Scholars Program. Smith earned a Master in Public Administration degree in 1997 and landed a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Then Dr. Jerry Stevenson suggested she would be a good fit as a staff member in UALR’s graduate school. Smith began as assistant to the dean in the school before she was promoted to assistant dean. Her next move was to join the Department of Pathology at UAMS as administrative director of education where she served as the contact for medical students.
Before joining the Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2006, Smith worked to recruit new members at events like Little Rock’s Big Downtown Thursdays and participated in a scholarship fundraiser at The Rep. “I think it’s important to get involved with the Alumni Association because it keeps you in touch with what’s going on,” Smith said. “It’s a great way to stay connected to the campus. Just because a person has graduated doesn’t mean they can’t be involved with the University.”
An alumna of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Smith and her husband Greg live in Little Rock with their three pet schnauzers.