Peter Smith has two successful decades of experience as an athletic director at NCAA Division III institutions, Kenyon College, Ohio (2002-2018) and Wesleyan College, Georgia (1998-2002), this after a successful coaching career at Emory University in Men’s and Women’s Swimming (1983-1998) that led to his induction into the Emory University Sports Hall of Fame. At Emory he was also
named a ‘NCAA Coach of the Year’ in swimming. He is currently an Associate with the U.S. Council for Health (USCAH) where he participates in sharing his professional experience in strategic planning and goal setting to USCAH operations. During his time in athletic administration Peter has had broad experience participating on several external review teams evaluating top NCAA DIII Athletic programs. As a former chair of the NCAA Sportsmanship and Ethics Committee and Chair of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Rules Committee he has gained significant experience in the NCAA structure and governance.
Peter retired from full time administration to assist more thoroughly with his youngest son who has special needs. His role with Empower and USCAH provides a way for him to continue to positively affect the collegiate athletic world by sharing his insight and experience with those universities and colleges that he interacts with.
During his time at Kenyon College thirty-seven student athletes were named recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and 55 reached Academic All-America status from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kenyon student-athletes also had a massive presence on the annual North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Academic Honor Roll. In competition, Kenyon's 22 athletics teams combined for 72 NCAA Division III postseason appearances and collected 18 NCAA national team titles, as well as 101 NCAA national individual-event titles. Additionally, 45 Kenyon teams earned NCAC conference crowns under Smith's watch.
Establishing positive student-athlete program culture; conducting staff assessments; designing facility evaluations; budget and personal prioritization and departmental operations are just a few of the areas he brings expertise to. In 2006 Kenyon College opened The Lowry Center, a 285,000 sq. ft $73m Athletic Center. Peter was involved heavily in planning the athletic center layout and the construction conversations in the 3 year process leading up to its completion. In addition to housing the Kenyon Varsity athletic teams the Lowry Center contains a theater style lecture hall, multiple use spaces and a home for a vibrant physical education and student faculty/staff fitness program.
Peter has a Diploma of Higher Education (Dip.HE) from Warwick University UK, a Bachelors degree (BS) and a Masters degree (MS) from Eastern Michigan University.
He resides in Gambier, Ohio with his wife Linda and son William and has three other children Emily, Thomas and Abigail.