Henry Smith, III served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Delaware’s largest State agency, the Department of Health and Social Services from 2009 to 2017.

Prior to coming to the Department of Health and Social Services, Dr. Smith spent fifteen years with Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. While there he served as Deputy Director of Management Support Services, Director of Management Support Services, and as Cabinet Secretary of the Department. In his first five years of State service, Dr. Smith worked in the Budget Office as Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, heading up its Internal Consulting Group.

Dr.Smith spent the first 18 years of his professional career working in higher education, and was involved in public management for some twenty eight years. As an adjunct faculty member at Springfield College’s School of Human Services Wilmington, Delaware campus, Dr. Smith routinely taught courses in fiscal management and strategic planning; he has also taught courses in math/statistics, organizational behavior, leadership, and the economics of change.

He was also a faculty member in the Executive Master’s Program of the School of Human Services, having taught courses in Sweden, Trinidad, San Diego, Charleston, Milwaukee, Houston, and other locations across the country.

Dr. Smith’s undergraduate studies were completed at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and his master’s and doctoral studies were completed at the University of Delaware.


The WCAC is focused on service, and in particular, service to young people in Wilmington. As the father of five — four men and one lady, the grandfather of two boys — this dimension of the WCAC is personal for me. I want the city of Wilmington to be for all its citizens, particularly its youngest citizens, a place where they feel safe, so that they can limit the trauma in their lives; a place where they can thrive, and be their best, as opposed to their worse selves; a place that they can proudly say — “I’m from Wilmington, Delaware”.

The WCAC works on a “Collective Impact” format. Having long believed that substantive and sustaining community progress can only be achieved through collective effort, the ethos of the WCAC is a perfect fit

At my very first meeting of the CDC Advisory Council, now the WCAC, I saw a “rainbow” of folks (colors, positions, genders, etc.), who were interested in this work; I continue to see this “rainbow” — ’nuff said.