Tony Smith became the state superintend of education last month. Before coming to Illinois, Smith, who was hired by the State Board of Education, worked as a school administrator in his home state of California. He was superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. He also served as deputy superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District and superintendent of the Emery Unified School District. Most recently, he was executive director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which annually awards more than $5 million in education and child development grants.