Owen T. Smith
Chairman of the Board
The Institute for World Politics
Owen T. Smith is currently the Chairman of the Board of The Institute for World Politics, a school of graduate studies in Washington, DC, addressing national security, intelligence and international affairs. For more than five decades, Owen's long and prosperous career had a broad impact on advances in the fields of government, law and education. Many years after receiving his degrees from Trinity College and St. John's School of Law, he was awarded an Honorary PhD from the pontifical university, St. Patrick's College, of Maynooth, Ireland in 2014.
Owen first entered the political arena as an executive assistant to Richard Nixon's campaign manager during his 1960 run for President. Following that unsuccessful campaign, Owen returned to academia and earned his law degree. Before entering private practice in 1969, he served as Executive Editor of The Institute for Business Planning under the direction of William J. Casey. Owen left the Institute when Casey was appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission by President Nixon.
In 1973, Owen was appointed Counsel to Senator Ralph J. Marino and served on numerous Senate committees. In 1976, he was appointed Chairman of the Nassau County Planning Commission under Ralph Caso as Nassau County Executive. In 1980, County Executive Francis T. Purcell appointed him Chief Deputy County Executive of Nassau County and served as the senior non-elected official responsible for governing 1,300,000 residents.
Following his county role, Owen joined the faculty of Long Island University at the CW Post campus. He also continued his political career as Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee, a position he still holds. Retiring in 2000 as Professor Emeritus, Owen focused on running his family's restaurant business, which began in 1929. He was the proprietor of The Milleridge Inn in Jericho - the largest restaurant in New York State - for more than fifteen years.
Owen has been active in numerous community organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Theodore Roosevelt Foundation, The Heritage Foundation and the Planting Fields Arboretum. He also served as Acting President of SUNY College at Old Westbury, Nassau Community College and Molloy College.
In his spare time, Owen has also authored several books on economic policy, environmental law and real estate. Owen and his wife, Bernadette, live in Roslyn Harbor and are parishioners of St. Mary's Church, where he is the Chairman of its Finance Committee.