Board of Directors:
Walter J. Stewart Chairman
Patrick J. Griffin Vice Chairman
Erik Fatemi Vice Chairman
Dionne M. Davies Secretary
Richard A. Baker
Mary Anne Clarkson
Hon. Alan B. Mollohan
Donald D. Ritchie
Ray Smock Ex Officio
Dr. Ray Smock led the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education as its founding director from 2002 to 2018. He has rejoined the staff in 2021 as Interim Director. Prior to his tenure at the Byrd Center, Ray served as Historian of the United States House of Representatives from the creation of that office in 1983 until 1995. He is a past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, the Society for History in the Federal Government, and the Association for Documentary Editing. He holds the Ph.D. in American History from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a biographer of Booker T. Washington, co-editor of Congress Investigates: A Critical and Documentary History (2 vols.), and other works on the history of Congress and the presidency. He served as a historical consultant to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Director of Education and Outreach
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Jody leads the educational and public outreach initiatives of the Byrd Center, including our Teacher Institute and student internship programs. He has been on the staff of the Byrd Center since 2013 and previously served as the Archivist and Office Manager. Jody is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, serving on various committees within each organization. He is also the President of the South Mountain Heritage Society in Burkittsville, Maryland. Jody received a BA in Public History from Shepherd University in 2013 and a MARA from San Jose State University in 2017.