May 22, 2016
Steve Smith was born in Shelby, Ohio and was raised in Columbus. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1973 with a B.A. in history. During the late 1970s he attended graduate school, worked for a private contracting firm, and in 1982 became the Historic Archaeologist in Louisiana’s State Historic Preservation Office. He received a M.A. in Anthropology (with specialty in archaeology) in 1983 from the University of Kentucky. In 1986 he came to SCIAA as the Deputy State Archaeologist. In 1991 he was named Assistant Director of the Midwestern Archaeological Research Center at Illinois State University. Steve returned to SCIAA in 1992 and was the Head of the Resource Division, later the Applied Research Division, and obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 at the Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina. In 2011 he was named the Associate Director of SCIAA and in 2014 was named Director of SCIAA.
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