Robert Smith III, PhD

Vice Dean
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Adjunct Instructor
Department of Neurology, UNC School of Medicine
135 Dauer Drive
Suite 170
Campus Box 7400
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Robert is currently the Vice Dean in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He and his team of Associate Deans, Assistant Deans and Directors oversee the functions of Facilities Management, Finance & Business Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology & Project Planning, Strategic Analysis & Business Intelligence, and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. Prior to this position Robert served as the Associate Chair for Administration in the Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before arriving in North Carolina Robert was a full time faculty member at the University of Virginia, serving in the School of Medicine and Public Health Sciences. 

Robert has served as an adjunct at Forsyth Technical College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and The Robert Tillman School of Business, University of Mount Olive, Mount Olive, North Carolina where he taught classes in “Organizational Behavior in Health Care” and “Introduction to Health Insurance & Managed Care”

Dr. Smith is a seasoned leader, lecturer, manager, administrator, and training consultant, with more than twenty years of experience. He has served on and chaired non-profit boards in Charlottesville, Virginia such as MACAA, Monticello Area Community Action Agency and The Bridge Ministry. He currently serves on the board of Global Health Connections International located in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Charles House located in Chapel Hill.

Teaching Interests

Culturally Competent Leadership

Negotiations in Academic Medicine

Leadership Basics


Administrator Physician Communications

Research Activities

Leadership Skill Acquisition

Service Activities

Patient advocacy.


  • PhD, Leadership Foundations & Policy - Research Statistics & Evaluation, University of Virginia, 2003
  • MEd, Educational Psychology, University of Virginia, 1994
  • AAS, Respiratory Therapy Technology, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 1985
  • BA, Sociology - Race & Human Relationships, University of Virginia, 1983