Kristofer Smith, Director of Corporate and Community Relations at Seton Hill University, has been named one of Pittsburgh’s "40 under 40" by PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP).
“40 Under 40” recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region’s development. Developed in 1999, “40 Under 40” helps highlight Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania as a place where young people can make a difference.
“We are pleased Kris Smith has been chosen for the “40 Under 40” recognition,” said Mary C. Finger, Ed.D., Seton Hill University President. “Kris’ efforts on behalf of Seton Hill have enhanced the University’s partnerships with local business owners and city officials to help make Greensburg a vibrant place to live and work.”
“Kris Smith is a valued member of the Seton Hill Institutional Advancement team – both as an alumnus and as a colleague,” said Christine Mueseler, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Seton Hill. “His boundless energy in promoting Seton Hill – especially our athletic programs and our student-athletes – and his tireless work in the community make this honor most appropriate.”
“I am truly humbled to be honored among such a wonderful group of young professionals serving the Pittsburgh region,” said Smith. “My thanks go to PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project for recognizing the positive impact that my fellow honorees and I have on the region. I also want to thank my family, friends and my colleagues at Seton Hill for their tremendous support.”
Smith and the other honorees were selected from a nomination pool of more than 225 candidates by an independent panel of ten judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region.
Smith and the other “40 Under 40” Awardees will be guests of honor at a celebration on October 24 at the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh. The winners will also be featured in the November issue of PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE.
Smith has served as the Director of Corporate and Community Relations for Seton Hill since 2011 with key responsibility for fundraising for the University’s 21 Division II Athletic Programs. Smith also works very closely with businesses in and around Greensburg to continue enhancing those “town and gown” partnerships.
A native of Salem Township, Pa., Smith is a 1996 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Bloomsburg University, where he was a four-year starter for the Huskies wrestling program. After spending nine years as the head assistant wrestling coach and a substitute teacher at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., Smith entered the graduate program at Seton Hill. He received a Master of Arts degree in special education with a certificate in autism education in 2012.
Smith, the father to 8-year-old Luke, spends time outside of work volunteering as a youth baseball and football coach, at the Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, at Christ the Divine Teacher School and at the Westmoreland County Food Bank. He is also a member of the Westmoreland Rotary Club.
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) makes Pittsburgh a more dynamic and diverse place to live by giving young and young-thinking people a voice and inspiring them to affect change in our community through civic engagement, professional development, recreation and social networking.
PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE is the leading, most-read publication in the region celebrating the people and places that make Pittsburgh the nation's most livable city. Launched in 1969, PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE covers the best the city has to offer in the worlds of art and culture, business, dining and entertainment, nightlife, politics, sports, travel and style.