Dr. Barbara Pullen-Smith
Dr. Pullen-Smith obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; andlater in her career, a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.
Her early career included working as a District Representative for the American Cancer Society, Greensboro, NC and a Health and Human Services Specialist, General Baptist State Convention, Raleigh, NC. Her career in state government spanacross 27 years which included 19 yearsas the founding Director of the North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. Her publications include articles focusing on minority health, health disparities, community engagement, and leadership. In 2014, Dr. Pullen-Smith co-authored a book chapter, “Engaging Faith-Based Communities: A Public Health Leadership Perspective”, in Lead the Way, Principles and Practices in Community and Civic Engagement. Her numerous state and national leadership roles include serving as President, National Association of State Offices of Minority Health and a Member, North Carolina Health Reform, Prevention Workgroup.
Since Spring semester, 2016 she has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Public Health and Exercise Science Program at St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC where she coordinates the Internship Program.