After beginning her career in public accounting with a specialization in Higher Education and A-133 Compliance, DeAnna Smith became the first Director of Budget and Assistant Treasurer at her alma mater, University of Montevallo, Alabama’s only public liberal arts institution with approximately 3,000 students. Within one year, she was appointed Vice President of Business Affairs and Treasurer. In this role, DeAnna oversees accounting, human resources, student financial aid, budget, purchasing, and facilities. With a strong relationship to the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, she advises the president and board on all matters of finance and recommends the University’s strategic allocation of scarce resources. She also serves as a Director for the Montevallo Development Cooperative District and Leadership Shelby County.
DeAnna earned her Masters in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August 2014 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Montevallo in 1999. DeAnna was named among Birmingham’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012.