UC president appoints new chief of staff

President Neville G. Pinto announced Trisha Smith will join President’s Cabinet

University of Cincinnati President Neville G. Pinto announced yesterday that Trisha Smith has been promoted to chief of staff.

Office of the President staff and student employee portraits

UC Chief of Staff Trisha Smith

The appointment includes a seat on the President’s Cabinet for Smith, who came to UC as deputy chief of staff in 2017. She will also lead the university’s Office of the Board of Trustees.

Since her arrival at UC, Smith has managed the day-to-day operations and engagement of the Office of the President, including overseeing the staff and interfacing with the president’s senior leadership team.  She has also provided oversight of key working groups focused on presidential priorities and “Next Lives Here,” the university’s strategic direction.

President Pinto’s organizational changes follow last month’s announcement that Executive Vice President Ryan Hays will assume the role of chief innovation & strategy officer. Hays, who has served as chief of staff at UC since 2012, will also transition to the role of senior advisor to the president and Board of Trustees. 

More about Smith

Prior to UC, Smith worked in the Office of the President at the University of Louisville for 20 years serving under five presidents. She gained extensive experience in administrative operations, holding positions as chief of staff, executive director of administrative affairs, boards liaison and director of special events. As chief of staff, she was responsible for the daily operations of the office, managing a staff of 15 employees, and served as the interface with the president and executive leadership. She also served as assistant secretary to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and University of Louisville Athletics Association.

Trisha is a two-time graduate of the University of Louisville. She received a baccalaureate degree from the College of Education and a master’s degree in administration of higher education.

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