EDS names new director of communications and marketing

November 15, 2010

Episcopal Divinity School announced Nov. 15 that Charlene L. Smith will be the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based seminary's new director of communications and marketing, beginning Dec. 1, according to a press release. "Her enthusiasm and optimism are inspirational," said William Vaughan, EDS vice president for institutional advancement, in the release. "I believe you will find her to be a tremendous addition to the EDS team, advancing our visibility on a broad scale." Smith, who is both a South African and American citizen, will come to Cambridge from Johannesburg, where she headed her own company, Charlene Smith Communications. She is an experienced media and public relations consultant, working with multi-national corporations as well as non-profits. She also is the author of 14 books and has worked as an editor, speechwriter, journalist, radio broadcaster and television documentary producer. Her credits include an award-winning documentary on Nelson Mandela for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the release said. Smith was the founding director and primary researcher for the Independent Board of Inquiry into Informal Repression established by the South African Council of Churches under Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This research formed the basis for what would later become the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is an expert on aspects of violence and HIV/AIDS, with extensive counseling experience and papers delivered at major international conferences, according to the release. Smith replaces Nancy Davidge, who left the seminary in October after eight years to become editor of ECF Vital Practices.