Chris Smith received a B.S. in medical technology (Tuskegee University) and a Master of Public Health in behavioral science and health education (Saint Louis University). In 2005, Chris was hired by the National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service and was responsible for comprehensive cancer prevention programming in Missouri and Southern Illinois. In late 2007, Chris joined the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and completed a three year public health management fellowship. From 2010-2017, Chris was assigned to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Division of Immunization management team as a CDC public health advisor. During his federal service, Chris had several emergency preparedness deployments including the 2009 Kentucky ice storm, 2010 World Equestrian Games, 2015 West Africa Ebola Outbreak and 2016 Zika Virus Outbreak. Chris joined Kenyon College in October 2017 and is excited to lead a very talented staff at the Cox Center.

In his spare time Chris enjoys fishing and hunting, baking and cooking, painting pottery, and enjoying heart-felt, face hurting laughter with family and friends (old, new and future).


2006 — Masters in Public Health from St Louis University Mo

2004 — Bachelor of Science from Tuskegee University