Gentry O. Smith
|Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security|
|Assumed office |
August 12, 2021
|Preceded by||Michael Evanoff|
|Director of the Office of Foreign Missions|
June 19, 2015 – January 26, 2017
|Preceded by||Eric J. Boswell|
|Succeeded by||Cliff Seagroves|
|Born||1959 (age 63–64)|
|Education||North Carolina State University (BA)|
Gentry O. Smith (born 1959) is an American foreign service officer serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security since August 2021. From June 2015 to January 2017, he was Director of the Office of Foreign Missions.
Early life and education
Smith was born to two schoolteachers in Halifax County, North Carolina. He attended Weldon High School in Weldon, North Carolina. He ran track and field and played wide receiver and defensive end on the school's football team. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from North Carolina State University.
In 2000, he was deputy regional security officer in Cairo. In 2004, he was regional security officer in Tokyo. He was director of the Office of Physical Security Programs. In 2009, he was as deputy assistant secretary and assistant director for countermeasures. In 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Smith as Director of the Office of Foreign Missions.
On January 26, 2017, when Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of State, visited the United States State Department, Smith, Patrick F. Kennedy, Joyce Anne Barr, and Michele Bond were all simultaneously asked to resign.
Smith is married and has four children.
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