As Director of the Office of Communications, Smyth oversees the design and branding of all college external print and electronic communications, advertising and related marketing materials. This includes production of the College's major publications and oversight of the College’s graphic identity and messaging to ensure consistent branding in support of strategic communications and marketing initiatives for key constituents including advancement, admissions, the arts and others. She serves as editor and art director of the Emory & Henry Magazine.
Smyth came to Emory & Henry in 1997 as Director of Publications, a position she held until 2013 when she was promoted to associate director of public relations. Following restructuring in the public relations/marketing area, a new Office of Communications was formed in 2016 under the umbrella of the Office of Advancement. Smyth was appointed director of that office, which is also responsible for College media relations.
Before coming to Emory & Henry, Smyth served as associate director of a non-profit serving 13 counties, where she worked for 11 years. For three years she was a public relations specialist for DMV's traffic safety program which served the 16 counties in Southwest Virginia. Her duties in both of these positions included public relations and media relations as well as educational promotions on public safety issues. She organized regional media and educational events, worked with local media in developing public service announcements and produced safety-related newsletters. In addition, she lead regional volunteer committees and served on state-wide committees for EMS and traffic safety, and wrote and administered grants.
While at Emory & Henry, Smyth has won numerous awards for design and publication creation, most recently (2016) for editing and design of the magazine of the College, Emory & Henry. She has received the E&H Maiden Award (2011), the highest staff recognition at the college, and two staff Blue & Gold Awards.
She is vice-president of the E&H College Community Club, serves on the editorial committee of the regional arts publication, A! Magazine for the Arts, and is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the University and College Designers Association. Community involvement includes secretary of the Friends of Smyth Chapel (a group charged with restoring the historic building), member of the Depot Artists Association and other non-profit groups involved in children's, women's and diversity issues.
Bachelor's degree with double major in Journalism and Art, cum laude
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Continuing education in creative writing, photography and public relations.