Commencement Speaker: Scott Smith
Former President of the United States Conference of Mayors, Scott Smith was elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in 2008. He was re-elected to a second term unopposed in 2012. Smith stepped down as mayor in spring 2014 and is currently pursuing a bid for governor of Arizona, to be decided in the November 2014 election.
Smith earned a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University.
During his political career, Smith has used his private-sector experience as a CEO, accountant and attorney to usher in a new era of decisive leadership and civic engagement. Smith led efforts for the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history reducing the budget nearly 20 percent, while simultaneously making the city more effective, efficient and business-friendly.
Most recently, Smith was instrumental in attracting Apple, Inc. to establish a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Mesa creating 2,000 new jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction.
Smith and his wife Kim have been married for more than 35 years and have three children and five grandchildren.