MBA, Murdoch University, 2010
Darren Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Political Science in 1996 from the University of Western Australia. After studying theology at the Baptist Theological College in WA (now Vose Seminary) for 18 months, he left Australia for Shenyang, China, where he taught English and first-year university courses in Economics, Accounting and Company Law at the Liaoning Business Vocational College, and recruited Australian teachers to live and work in China. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Development at Shenyang International School, supporting Chinese nationals in the start-up of private educational initiatives. In 2006, Darren was appointed as Principal of Shenyang International School. In 2010, he completed an MBA at Murdoch University and returned to Australia to direct Australian Baptist Education's higher education initiative.
Darren has previously served on the boards of Shenyang International School and the International School of Qingdao, of the Shenyang-based medical charity Light, and of Xiuqiu, a Shenyang-based social enterprise textile factory. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Australian Baptist Education Inc, Baptist Education Resources Inc, Quinns Baptist College, Geelong Baptist College, Alkimos Baptist College, Austin Cove Baptist College, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and Sheridan Research Institute.