The Division of Nephrology gives a warm welcome to Betty Jean Smith (she prefers Jean), who joins us as Special Project Administrator.
Jean has worked at Washington University for 20 years. She was is Alumni Relations for seven years before transferring to the Department of Orthopedic Research, where she was the Administrative Coordinator for the past 13 years. Jean has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Columbia College, St. Louis, MO.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Jean is the youngest of four siblings. She proudly lives by rules her parents, together for 64 years, taught her. “They taught me to be helpful, respectful and humble, and to treat everyone with kindness.”
Jean’s mother passed away nearly two years ago, and Jean is now the caregiver for her father, who will turn 90 years old this coming September. Her father, still very active, loves the outdoors and takes great pleasure working in his garden.
In her free time, Jean enjoys her reading/move time, working in her church community, and traveling. However, spending time with her family and putting God first in everything she does is her biggest joy.
As for joining our division, Jean says, “I have made many friends here at Washington University in the 20 years I was in Ortho and Alumni Relations, and I hope to make more in Nephrology. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms, and I am truly grateful to come to such a welcoming department.”