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Alumni Notes

2006 Advertising/Public Relations

Tara Smith

is the graduate program director and instructor for Department of Communication at University of Delaware.

    She is currently a full-time instructor for the University of Delaware’s Department of Communication and Director of the M.A. in Strategic Communication program. Prior to her transition into higher education, she lived and worked in New York City at the headquarters of NBCUniversal News Group, Time Warner Inc., and Ketchum.

    Outside the office, she is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), where she also earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential. She currently serves as the President PRSA Delaware and is a member of PRSA’s National APR Marketing Committee.

    Throughout her career, she has gained recognition from notable industry awards, including the CLIOs, SABREs, and the coveted PRSA Silver Anvil Award. She was also selected as PR Week Magazine’s 2006 Student of the Year during her senior year at Penn State.

    She earned her M.S. in public relations and corporate communication from New York University with distinction.

    She lives in Delaware with her husband and two young children, also known as “Team Smith” among family and friends. When not at home, the family can be found in one of their two happy places: Rehoboth Beach and Disney World.

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