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Stephanie Smith

Lecturer / Interim Coordinator for Marketing and Media

Smith retired in 2011 from the United State Federal Government, after 27 years of service, 25 of them with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She also had significant executive experience in defense (U.S. Navy) and public diplomacy (Department of State).  

As a Senior Intelligence Service executive in the CIA, Smith led thousands of employees; designed and managed programs worth several billion dollars; interacted regularly with Congress; and traveled extensively, including throughout two war zones (Afghanistan and Iraq). She was selected as a member of CIA's Senior Intelligence Service in 2000 and achieved its highest rank. Smith led the largest of CIA's four directorates, the Directorate of Support, and reported directly to the Director of CIA for hiring, security, global logistics, facility support, finance, acquisitons and medical services worldwide. In this role, Smith was also accountable to Congress, the media, and the American public. 

In 2008, Smith became the first civilian and first CIA senior executive selected to serve as Deputy Director of the United States Navy's Shore Readiness Division, where she represented the Navy's $9 billion shore investment portfolio. Prior to her assignment with the U.S. Navy, Smith was selected as the first CIA Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where she co-founded the State Department's Counterterrorism Communications Center to strengthen and integrate all United States Government counter-terrorism messaging.  

Smith's work has been recognized with several awards, honors, and distinctions. She is the recipient of the CIA's Director's Award, the CIA Certificate of Distinction, 20 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards, and a U.S. Navy Special Act Award. In 2011, Smith was honored with the William D. Taylor Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  

Smith serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kent State University, the Kent State University Foundation Board, the Community Advisory Board of the Kent State University Trumbull Campus, and is membership director of the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown. She is also a member of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association.  

Smith is passionate about organizational communication, leadership, and corporate culture. She runs a private management consultancy focused on helping organizations and leaders achieve their greatest potential in times of change, challenge, competition and turbulence.  

She teaches PR Tactics and PR Online Tactics.

Stephanie Smith
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Spring 2014
  • JMC 28001 - 002 Principles Of Public Relations
  • JMC 38002 - 002 Public Relations Case Studies
  • JMC 68006 - 001 Values And Ethics Mgmt In Pr
Fall 2014
  • JMC 28001 - 002 Principles Of Public Relations
  • JMC 38002 - 002 Public Relations Case Studies
  • COMM 55095 - 001 St : Comm Transnational Trend A