NCSU's Executive Director is Thomas Smith at the University of California-Riverside. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he was the Director and Principal Investigator for NCSU. Dr. Smith was also an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt University. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2001, Dr. Smith accumulated over 10 years of experience conducting and leading research at the National Center for Education Statistics, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the National Science Foundation. Since joining Vanderbilt in 2001, he has been PI or Co-PI on 7 research and training grants funded by IES and NSF, including a randomized field trial, two mixed methods longitudinal studies of teacher change, and a statistical analyses of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), publishing over 30 journal articles and book chapter relating to the impact of policy on teacher and student outcomes.