In 2016, Doug Smith was named Executive Associate AD for Development and Major Gifts. He served as the Executive Director of the Bear Foundation from 1998 to 2014. During this time, Smith played an integral part in the growth of the Bear Foundation. He introduced the "team concept for annual giving in his early years at Baylor which generated more than $11 million in pledges during that time. In 2003, he also served as Associate Athletic Director for Development and played a major role in the Victory with Integrity campaign, Baylor's 2005 $90 million capital campaign to create competitive athletic facilities and increase athletic endorsements. In 2011, Smith was named University Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).
Prior to his arrival at Baylor, Smith served at Rice University (1996-1997), University of Oklahoma (1991-1996), University of New Mexico (1988-1991), Southern Methodist University (1979-1988), and University of Pacific (1975-1978). At each of these institutions, he oversaw the athletic development areas implementing his "team concept" philosophy. His approach lead to record levels in donor engagement and giving.
Smith began his career in athletic development at his alma mater, Kent State. After graduation in 1969, he began working with Alumni Relations and became the first executive director of athletic fundraising at the university.
Smith is a founding member of the National Athletic Fundraising Association (NAFRA) and NAADD. He was named "National Athletic Fund Raiser of the Year" in 1990 by NAFRA.
Smith and his wife, Loraine, have three children and two grandchildren.