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Malbert Smith III

Durham, North Carolina                              

Malbert Smith is president and chief executive officer of MetaMetrics Inc., an independent educational measurement firm in Durham, N.C., that developed the Lexile Framework for Reading in 1998 and the Quantile Framework for Mathematics in 2004. These tools help teachers and parents choose appropriate materials that will improve students’ reading comprehension and mathematical abilities. The Lexile Framework is the most widely used reading measure in the United States today.

Smith served on the School of Education’s Steering Committee for the Carolina First Campaign. He is chair emeritus of the Duke Children’s Classic and the Teddy Bear Ball for Duke Children’s Hospital. He has served on the N.C. Council for Economic Development and the N.C. Blind-Deaf Association. In 1997, Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. awarded Smith the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Smith earned a Ph.D. in 1980 and an M.Ed. in 1977, both in educational psychology from the School of Education. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University in 1975.