PARKERSBURG - The marketing director for the Camden Clark Medical Center has announced his retirement.
Greg Smith, who has served as the marketing director for 15 years, announced Tuesday he will step down from his position, effective June 1.
Smith was recently elected the district governor for Rotary International 7530 and will assume those duties starting July 1. He wants to focus on those duties as well as his family.
"It is very humbling to be selected as the district governor for an organization like Rotary, which I believe is a calling," he said. "I look forward to being able to serve for the next year and beyond.
"I have been very active in the community and want to continue to serve in any way possible."
He will be responsible for 33 Rotary clubs across the northern part of the state.
"This will be the first time in 30 years, a regional governor has come from Parkersburg," Smith said. "From July 1 through September, I am planning to visit each one of those clubs."
Smith said he has worked to adhere to Rotary's philosophy of service above self.
His decision to retire will allow him to provide the best service he can for his new duties with Rotary, he said.
Part of that service will bring the Rotary's District Conference to Parkersburg Oct. 11-14. Smith said this will be a tremendous boost for the area.
Prior to coming to the hospital, Smith spent 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as a public information officer.
Smith came to Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in 1996. He said the last 15 years have been "phenomenal."
He noted the last year as Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital joined with St. Joseph's Hospital to form the Camden Clark Medical Center under the West Virginia United Health System.
"It has been a tremendous opportunity to be a part of that," Smith said. "This has been a great place to work."
Mike King, president and CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center, said Smith has done a great job representing the hospital.
"He has really integrated himself in the community," King said. "Everyone knows him.
"He has continually made significant contributions to this community. Even in retirement, I am sure he will continue to make more. It just will not be on our payroll. I am sure he will continue to be a great representative of our community and hospital."
In the interim, Tim Brunicardi will become the acting director of the Marketing Department at the medical center. A search is under way to name a permanent replacement, King said. The position will have someone locally situated to handle the responsibilities of the position, he said.
Smith, who turns 59 this year, said he has been proud to help bring seven air shows to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport and been a part of the Parkersburg Actors Guild, the Parkersburg Art Center and other community organizations.
"I am still planning to be active throughout the community," Smith said.
After several moves during his military career, he and his wife, Bretta, are not planning to leave the area.
"This is our home," Smith said. "We are staying put."