Cambridge, Mass. (February 11) -- Stephanie Smith has been promoted to the MIT director of recreation and began her duties in the second semester. Smith, who is in her 13th year overall at MIT Recreation, which is professionally managed by Health Fitness, previously served as the associate director of recreation, programs and fitness before moving into her current position.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue to work at MIT in a new capacity," said Smith. "The people, the energy, and the drive for success make each day a new challenge which I find really inspiring and exciting. The problem solvers of the MIT community come to DAPER to improve their overall health and I love being able to help provide a welcoming space and innovative programs for them to do that."
In her previous role, Smith collaborated with MIT department for campus-wide health promotion programs and marketing initiatives, supervised fitness and wellness programs and oversaw maintenance of the fitness facilities and equipment.
Smith is also active in NIRSA, Leaders in Campus Recreation and has presented at numerous state and regional level conferences. She served as the co-host of the Region 1 conference in Boston in 2014 and will be presenting this year at the 2019 NIRSA Conference that will be held next week in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center.
When Smith first arrived at MIT in 20
16, she worked as the assistant fitness director that included teaching dance and fitness centers and supervising over 70 fitness and wellness classes on a weekly basis.
Prior to her time at MIT, Smith was a fitness intern at the Dublin Community Recreation Center in Dublin, Ohio for two years, as well as working as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor for three years at The Ohio State University.
Smith is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in allied health and wellness. She also earned her Masters of Sports Leadership from Northeastern in January of 2012.