Jamie Smyth has been promoted to Executive Director of Institutional Communications. She will continue to be responsible for communication planning and design needs for advancement, institutional publications (including editor/art director of the Emory & Henry Magazine) and institutional advertising, and oversight of college communications policies and adherence to graphic standards. In addition, she will direct the marketing needs, brand and promotional materials of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts to maximize its purpose and outreach. Her years of experience managing design of promotional materials for the visual and performing arts, along with involvement on A! Magazine, will be beneficial to this role. Jamie will also supervise the new project intake management process for the MarComm office and will supervise the part-time graphic designer and freelancers hired as needed.
Smyth came to Emory & Henry in 1997 as Director of Publications. 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 managed all institutional communications for the College.
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 led 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 for administrative excellence, and two staff Blue & Gold Awards.
She is past 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 in Journalism and Art double major, cum laude
East Tennessee State University
Continuing Education in publication design, photography, public relations