Assistant Director for Development
MA, Western Michigan University, Sports Management
BBA, Western Michigan University, Marketing
Kara Smith, assistant director since 2007, oversees the annual athletic giving campaign. She is also responsible for all the athletic fundraising events and booster clubs for the department. Prior to USD, Smith was the assistant director of Alumni Relations at DePaul University where she planned reunions, awards and local events. Prior to DePaul University, Smith worked for the Chicago Bears Football Club for four seasons and started the Alumni Department, where she planned events and appearances for former players as well as planned and managed training camp operations. Smith is from originally from Chicago, Illinois and earned a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics.