Armstrong Alumni Association
Roger H. Smith
Director of Community Outreach, Senior Citizens, Inc.
Class of 1990
Bachelor of Arts in English/French with teacher certification
Roger Smith, a Savannah native, was involved in the community and deeply in love with his city by the time he graduated as class valedictorian from Calvary Day School in 1986, so, enrolling at Armstrong State College was an obvious choice. Without hesitation, he became an English major with strong minors in French and education, completing 245 quarter hours of coursework in four years and graduating in 1990 with a near-perfect GPA and the Silver A Award. He then spent ten years as a high school teacher of American literature and French at Savannah Christian Preparatory School, and as a museum educator at the Massie Heritage Center, a position which served as a bridge into the world of history.
After six years as Director of Education for the Georgia Historical Society, he joined Senior Citizens, Inc. in 2006, in order to establish The Learning Center, a humanities-based, academically rigorous educational program for people ages 55 and over in coastal Georgia. He administers The Learning Center’s programs, working with instructors and members to create unique educational opportunities. In only five years, The Learning Center has grown from a one-day-per-week program with 200 attendees to a five-day-per-week program with 500 members. Mr. Smith frequently lectures at TLC, combining his work in administration with his love for classroom instruction.
Mr. Smith travels extensively with seniors, as well as with his life partner, Kevin Peek. He has served on boards of directors for organizations including the Friends of Massie Committee, the Savannah Council on World Affairs, and Historic Savannah Foundation.