The American College of Counselors, Inc. (ACC), chartered in April, 1984 is a capstone, inter-disciplinary collegial organization composed of counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals.
The mission of the ACC is to strengthen individuals, marriages, and family relationships through the counseling process, while adhering to high ethical standards.
The ACC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with oversight provided by a Board of Governors. ACC promotes competent counseling by certifying those who meet high standards of education, supervision, and experience.
ACC Board of Governors
Edgar E. Smith, Ph.D., was born in Hollandale, Mississippi. At age twelve, his family moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he was graduated from Bowman High School in 1951. His post secondary education includes a B.S. degree (1955) from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi; and M.S. (1957) and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry (1959) from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
Dr. Smith has held the following professional positions during the development of his career: Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University; Research Fellow in Surgery (Biochemistry), Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; Research Associate in Surgery (Biochemistry), Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Surgery (Biochemistry), Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine; Associate Dean of Minority Student Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Biochemistry , University ofMassachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, Massachusetts; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University ofMassachusetts School of Medicine; Provost, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine; Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine; Vice President for Academic Affairs. University of Massachusetts System (3 Campuses); Interim President, Tougaloo College (January 1, 1995 – August 31, 1995); Program Director, Statewide Area Health Education Centers Program, and Professor of Family Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center. Currently, he is retired and serves as Senior Advisor to Tougaloo College President Beverly W. Hogan.
Dr. Smith was a Purdue University National Foundation Fellow in 1958, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, Washington D.C., 1977-78. He has served as a consultant to a number of national organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of Colleges, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He is the recipient of a number of awards, includinghonorary degrees from the Morehouse School of Medicine, which he helped found, the University of Massachusetts, Tougaloo College, and Morehouse College. Dr. Smith’s research was in the areas of cancer biochemistry and sickle cell anemia, the results of which have been published in several professional journals. He enjoys playing tennis and listening to the blues. He is a member of the Mississippi Blues Commission and theBoard of Directors of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Currently, he serves as a co-instructor of a course on the blues at Tougaloo College. He has been married to the former Inez Oree’ Wiley for the past 55 years and they are the proud parents of four sons.