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Legal Eagle Ascends at World’s Busiest Airport

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Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

North Carolina Central University alumnus Michael L. Smith was recently named senior deputy general manager for the Department of Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

In this role, Smith manages day-to-day functional operations at the airport, including terminal and landside operations; commercial operations; planning and development; finance; procurement; and IT.

Prior to joining the Hartsfield-Jackson team, Smith was a private practice attorney specializing in local government law, airport and aviation.

Smith has nearly two decades of municipal government experience. He was employed for 17 years with the City of Atlanta as a senior assistant city attorney. He also served as Atlanta’s lead counsel representing the Department of Aviation.

He has served in various executive capacities with organizations including Clayton County, Georgia government and Delta Air Lines.

Smith obtained his bachelor’s in political science from Duke University and his Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University.

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