LeMoyne and Selma Smith have built their lives around their love of learning and helping others succeed.
LeMoyne, a Pottsville native, graduated from Tech in 1956. After teaching ninthgrade typing, then teaching junior high school English, he joined the business faculty at Tech. In 1960 he accepted a position promoting business education textbooks for South-Western Publishing Co. For seven years he worked with colleges, high schools and vocational schools throughout Arkansas and Louisiana.
It was during these years that LeMoyne met Selma (Tucker), who was from Danville. They married in 1964; their daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1966; and the next year they moved to South- Western’s headquarters in Cincinnati. South-Western’s commitment to producing high-quality textbooks matched the couple’s dedication to helping others. As LeMoyne helped lead business education across the country, his career progressed from sales to editor, then managing editor, then senior vice president, and ultimately to CEO, president and chairman of the board of South-Western Publishing Co. in 1991.
“Selma helped make this success possible,” LeMoyne says. “In addition to hosting many business dinners, she attended numerous faculty receptions with me and got to know many of the business faculty members. She is wonderful at remembering names, and everyone appreciated and admired her.” Selma was also an active volunteer, particularly at her church, for children’s enrichment programs and for Children’s Hospital.
In 1998 the Smiths moved to Little Rock. While LeMoyne enjoys playing golf frequently, they both love their grandchildren and family; traveling and Elderhostels; the symphony and a wide range of musical events; the theater; bridge; and new and old friends. Their treasured Tech friendships have flourished through the years. And, not only do they express their loyalty by attending many Tech events and supporting many scholarships and other programs at Tech, but LeMoyne has also served on the Foundation board and the School of Business Advisory Board.