Tracy Smith named Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Tracy Smith, a health and safety specialist at Marshall for the past six years, has been named Director of Environmental Health and Safety,  according to Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration.  Smith assumed his position this summer.

“Tracy has done an excellent job as a health and safety specialist,” Kirtley said. “He has extensive training in that field. We are very pleased that a person with Tracy’s talents was already on board at Marshall, which made the decision to move him into the director’s position an easy one.”

Smith has worked on Marshall’s Huntington campus since 2007. He spent the previous 13 years at the medical school as a safety officer.

“It’s a great opportunity, I’m very excited to be in this position,” Smith said. “We have made a lot of progress over the past few years in environmental health and safety here on campus. I’m looking forward to continuing that success.”

Smith has a B.A. in management and accounting and an M.S. in safety and health from Marshall. He began his career as extra help at the medical school and later interned there as part of his master’s degree requirements.

Smith’s mother,  Judy Olson, is a longtime employee in the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall, and his stepfather, Dr. Lee Olson, has taught in Adult and Technical Education at MU since 1971.