Commissioners

Salem, New Jersey

term expires July 1, 2024

Ceil Smith

Commissioner

Professional Experience

  • Salem Community College (2015 to Present)
    - Executive Director of Salem Community College Foundation

  • South Jersey Newspapers
    - Over 30 years’ experience in the newspaper industry
             Publisher of Today's Sunbeam (2005-2014)
             General Manager (1996-2005)
             Advertising Manager (1990--1996)

Accomplishments

  • Developed the Partners of Salem County Program  2000 to 2016
  • Partnered with UW of Salem County and Chamber of Commerce to initiate the Spirit Awards to honor volunteers in the community
  • Partnered with the Chamber of Commerce started the first Women’s Symposium in the county
  • Partnered with the Freeholders and Chamber of Commerce started the Best of Salem County to honor our small business
  • Partnered with the Alzheimer’s association had the first Town Meeting and Educational Forum in Salem County
  • Partnered with Ralph Padilla started the first Latino publication Hola

Civic and Business Affiliations

  • DRBA Commission Board Member (2006 to Present)
  • Memorial Hospital of Salem County Board of Directors (2002 to 2018)
  • Salem Medical Center CEO board  (2019)
  • Chamber of Commerce Member (1991 to 2014) –Board Chairwoman 2004
  • Main St Board (1999—2014)
  • United Way Board member (1998- 2012) - Board President 2005
  • Salem Community College Foundation Board  (2000 to 2014)  
  • Salem County Vocational and Technical School Foundation Board (2000 to 2017) 
  • Meals on Wheels Board Member (2004—2014)
  • Rotary Member (1991-2014)

Honors

  • Salem County Distinguished Citizen of the Year - 2001
  • Salem Community College Service Award - 2004
  • Calvary Community Development Corporation Service Award - 2005
  • Commission on Women Achievement Award - 2007
  • Hall of Fame Saint Huberts High School - 2007
  • Salem Community College Foundation Medallion Award - 2010
  • Friend of Education Award by Education Association - 2011
  • Pederson Campbell Award from Stand Up for Salem - 2012
  • Chrystal Rose Award for lifetime achievement  - 2017
  • Boy Scouts Leadership Award - 2019
  • SCVTS Leadership Award - 2019

Personal

Married for 54 years to Jim Smith, two sons; Tom and his wife, Stacy;  Jim and his wife, Tina; and seven grandchildren:  Madi, Brogan, Danny, Abby, Daniel, Nate and Shamus.  

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