Former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation Chad Smith to speak at UNCA on Nov. 12

Press release

From UNC Asheville News Services:

Chad Smith, the former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will give a presentation discussing the principle-based leadership organization and “Point A to Point B” leadership model used during his tenure. His talk takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room.

From 1999-2011, Smith served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, one of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes. During Smith’s tenure, the Cherokee Nation grew its assets, increased healthcare services, created jobs and advanced education, language and cultural preservation. Smith is the author of Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Smith’s lecture is part of UNC Asheville’s Native American Speaker and Performance Series. The series provides the opportunity to engage in dialogue and deconstruct and challenge popular stereotypes of American Indians, and includes speakers and performers from various tribes across the United States. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

The Native American Speaker & Performance Series is co-sponsored by many UNC Asheville programs and offices: the Office of the Associate Provost, the Department of Education, the American Indian Outreach Program, the Arts & Ideas Program, the Humanities Program, the NEH Distinguished Professor, and Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs. For more information, visit or call 828.251.6674.


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