G.T. “Buck” Smith began his professional career at Cornell University in 1960, following graduate school there. He then returned to his undergraduate alma mater, The College of Wooster, in 1962 where he served as vice president for development. From 1977-88, he was president of Chapman University. In 2004 he was called out of retirement to serve as president of Bethany College (West Virginia) through December 2007. He then served as president of Davis & Elkins College from July 2008 through June 2013. He was recently reappointed as President of Davis & Elkins, effective summer 2015.