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Accelerating education: Brad D. Smith comes home


For Brad Smith, home is where the heart is, and his heart has always been among the hills of Appalachia.

Smith grew up in the small town of Kenova, WV, and was raised on southern hospitality, a humble attitude and a deeply rooted sense of honesty that he says is unique to the Appalachian people.

“I had an idyllic childhood—two wonderful parents and two brothers—and I’ve had friends that have lasted a lifetime. I couldn’t have wished for a better upbringing,” he says. “Integrity is a true West Virginia trait. We still do business on a handshake, and we mean what we say.”

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