R. Todd Smith, CCR, sold his first textbook in 19XX, when he worked as a temp in the Young Harris University’s “book closet.” He was hooked. He has worked in bookstores for more than two decades, and began his career in campus stores in 2000 as an Assistant Manager at the Macon State College Bookstore, where he soon became Manager and then was promoted to Retail Director. He moved from Macon State to the University of Georgia Bookstore in 2007, where he was an Associate Director. In 2010, he became Manager of the Clayton State University Bookstore, which soon after changed its name to the Loch Shop. He was promoted to Director of Campus Store Services in 2012. The Loch Shop received Honorable Mention for the NACS Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award in 2013.
Todd recently became the Manager for Campus Store Partnerships for VitalSource, and will be working directly with college stores and bookstore associations in the field. He is excited to assist campus stores in providing affordable, accessible, and effective content to students, resulting in student academic success.
Todd completed his three year term on the NACS Board of Trustees as the last (after the move away from geographical to at-large positions) Trustee of the East. at CAMEX 2017. During his last year, he served as the Chair of both the Education Committee and the Membership and Bylaws Committee. He currently serves on the Board of the NACS Foundation, for which he has a true passion. In October 2016, he became the President of the Georgia Association of College Stores, where for the last three years he has championed and hosted Heads or Tails games to benefit the NACS Foundation, each year raising more funds than the previous year.
Todd is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and his book reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Oxford American, Book Magazine, and BookPages, among others. He has published two “For What It’s Worth” columns in The College Store magazine, and been quoted numerous times in a large number of issues. His creative writing has appeared in Journal of Experimental Fiction, The Sonoma State Mandala, Rain City Review, and several other journals.