Sue Smith

Executive Vice President
Craig and Galen Brown Foundation

Sue Smith is the Executive Vice President of the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation (“Brown Foundation”). In its 31-year history, the Brown Foundation has provided over 600 undergraduate scholarships to National Merit students who attend Texas A&M University and major principally in engineering disciplines. Students are known as Brown Scholars. In addition to offering undergraduate scholarships, Sue is responsible for reading 200+ National Merit applications, interviewing and selecting candidates to be proffered for interviews to the E2EnMed Early Assurance Program (E2EnMed EAP) as high school students. The Brown Foundation proffers Brown Scholar candidates resulting in 15 high school students annually admitted to E2EnMed EAP who will matriculate to EnMed, the nation’s first medical school where students receive Masters of Engineering and MD degrees in four years. EnMed is a joint collaboration between Texas A&M’s School of Engineering, School of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital and its objective is to transform medicine through engineering/technology innovation.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, there are 211 Brown Scholars enrolled across 4 classes at Texas A&M and 37 of these Brown Scholars are either enrolled in EnMed or have been admitted to E2EnMed EAP. No Brown Scholar has ever transferred from A&M to another university or college in its 31-year history. The average GPA for Brown Scholar engineering students is 3.87, and for the subset of students pursuing or attending EnMed or other medical schools, the average MCAT score is 97%.

In addition, Sue is actively involved in academia, philanthropy, and community organizations. She serves on the Houston Methodist Academic Institute Board of Directors and its Education and Advocacy committees. She is a founding member of the Translational Research Initiative, a member of the President’s Leadership Council and a member of the 100-year Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Houston Methodist Hospital.

In 2019, Sue and her husband Craig funded the EnMed Capstone Awards at Houston Methodist where select EnMed students apply for 2-year funding for innovation projects and receive tutelage and mentorship from Houston Methodist faculty. These projects are a part of an EnMed’s students Innovation Portfolio and funded for hopeful commercialization.

Sue is the longest serving member and past President of the Board of Directors of Bo’s Place, a non-profit bereavement center offering free, ongoing grief support services to children and families who have lost a loved one. She is a past Chair of the UT School of Public Health Advisory Committee, UT Development Board and member of the Houston Board of Trustees of KIPP Texas Public Schools. She also serves on her neighborhood HOA as a member of the Architectural Review Board.

Sue received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.