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University Auxiliary Services Names J. Eric Smith New Executive Director

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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UAlbany's new UAS director J. Eric Smith

J. Eric Smith, newly appointed director of UAlbany's University Auxiliary Services. (Photo Cynthia Calautti)

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 9, 2009) -- The  University Auxiliary Services (UAS) Board of Directors at the University at Albany has appointed J. Eric Smith as the not-for-profit corporation's new executive director. Smith replaces Julia M. Filippone, who retired from the position in May.

Smith's professional experience includes ten years with the federal government managing complex, high-value contracts and budgets and twelve years as a director of not-for-profit operations, development and public relations. He most recently worked for the American Institute for Economic Research and the Rensselaer Newman Foundation. A South Caroline native, Smith has also been active in the Capital Region's arts and music communities since settling in the area in 1993, working as a music critic for the local arts weekly Metroland, and hosting Time Warner Cable's award-winning "Sounding Board." Smith is an alumnus of the United States Naval Academy, the Naval Supply Corps School, and the University at Albany. He currently lives in Latham with his wife and daughter.

"Eric Smith is a talented and seasoned administrator who will provide outstanding leadership for UAS," said Associate Vice President for Student Success and UAS Board of Directors President John M. Murphy. "We are delighted to welcome Eric to the UAlbany family."

UAS manages quality of life services for the University at Albany community, including dining,  banking, laundry facilities, campus vending, the University bookstore, and SUNYCard ID programs.

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