Dr. Richard Smith joined the faculty of the Department of Behavior Analysis in 1994 and led the department as chairperson for 13 of those 25 years. During his time at UNT, Dr. Smith has produced a distinguished record of research, teaching and service to the department, the university, and the discipline. He has helped train hundreds of students in the treatment and care of adults with developmental disabilities. He and his students have developed a state‐of‐the‐art program for the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems, and his work has informed the development of practices and procedures across state‐supported living centers throughout the state. This work has been funded by contracts from the state exceeding $10,000,000.00 over the course of his career and has been used to support a large number of students who have gone to hold leadership positions in a variety of public and private institutions. Dr. Smith has also produced a stellar record of service on important committees within the university, on editorial boards for academic journals and in leadership roles for disciplinary institutions such as regional associations.