Robert E. Smith is a professor emeritus at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. He received his B.A. degree from Arizona State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Southern California. On graduation, Smith spent 2 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service at Crow Agency, Montana.
In 1971, Smith joined the faculty at Wayne State University College of Pharmacy in Detroit, Michigan. After 7 years at Wayne State University, he served as a faculty member, department chair, and assistant dean at Creighton University School of Pharmacy. In 1989, he was appointed as the vice president for academic affairs and dean at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he served until 1995. After a 1-year sabbatical at AACP, Smith accepted his last academic position at Auburn University, from which he retired in 2012.
Smith was elected as an AACP president-elect (1998–1999) and president (1999–2000). He continues to be involved in academic pharmacy as an invited speaker and consultant on personal, professional, and academic leadership; strategic planning; and pedagogical and curricular change.