Rick Smith, Ed.D., President/CEO

Rick Smith, Ed.D., President/CEO


Richard (Rick) Smith, Ed.D., is the president/CEO of the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation. Previously, Rick served as vice president of Development and Communications at Northern Arizona Healthcare for eight years.

Rick has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administrative roles, including serving as the vice president of University Advancement at Boise State University and Wichita State University.  In these roles, he was responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications, and alumni and government affairs.  At Northern Arizona University, he served as athletic administrator, football coach, and founding director of the High Altitude Sports Training Complex. Rick also served as the national executive director of the American Youth Soccer Organization in California.

He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Northern Arizona University.

Rick has a long history of serving the Flagstaff community as the past chair of the City of Flagstaff and the Coconino County Parks and Recreation commissions; past chair of the Flagstaff Tourism Commission; and as a member of other city and county committees.

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