Meet our Member Spotlight for December: Kris Smith,
Director of Corporate and Community Relations at Seton Hill University.
Seton Hill is a small, Catholic liberal arts institution serving roughly 2,200 students in undergraduate, graduate and adult degree programs of study. As Director of Corporate and Community Relations, Kris works to secure major gifts for the University by building and managing relationships with community and business partners. Each year he manages Seton Hill's Doug Wood Golf Classic and helps to bring an annual performance of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Seton Hill's Performing Arts Center in downtown Greensburg. He also serves as adjunct faculty for a Connections course that all freshman must complete in their initial fall semester. The curriculum focuses on the University's mission and values, its history, available learning/support services and Seton Hill's four pillars: Welcoming, Learning, Celebrating and Serving.
Kris embraces the business relationships and partnerships that are developed through his position. “Seton Hill is devoted to promoting the ‘town and gown’ relations approach with our community,” he explains. “I enjoy connecting our students and alumni with our local business partners to fulfill internship and employment opportunities as well as offering premier visibility to our community sponsors. I value the opportunity to work with our students, student-athletes and alumni to enhance their experience as Setonians. “
What does Kris enjoy most about his Chamber membership? He says, “Our Chamber provides tremendous opportunities to network with a wide variety of business professionals. My business is building and sustaining relationships, and the Chamber offers many events each year that provide an environment conducive to relationship building. I enjoy being a small part of a Chamber that is dedicated to serving and improving Westmoreland County.”
In his spare time, Kris spends time hunting, fishing and being a father to son, Luke. He also coaches his son’s baseball team and is currently working to build his own fishing apparel line, with hopes of having it ready for launch in 2018. You may also find him on the air or running a camera for the Westmoreland Sports Network in an effort to help bring Westmoreland County sports to its audience, especially Wrestling.