Scott C. Smith

Board of Directors - Director

Scott Smith completed his 30-year career as a Tribune Company executive in 2008, when he retired after the sale of the company. From 2004 to 2008, he served as president of Tribune Publishing, overseeing the company’s newspapers and interactive businesses. From 1997 to 2004, and also 2006 to 2008, he was president and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, leading the award-winning newspaper plus related Chicagoland print and digital businesses. Previously, he was publisher of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel 1993-1997, Tribune’s senior vice president/development 1991-1993, chief financial officer 1985-1991, and held other corporate financial management roles 1977-1985. He started his career at Northern Trust Company 1973-1977.

Smith is currently chairman of National Louis University and serves on the boards of the McCormick Foundation, Mather Lifeways, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Chicago Humanities Festival and Kellogg School of Management. He is also the past chairman of The Chicago Public Education Fund and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

A native of the Chicago area, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He and his wife, Martha, reside in Winnetka and have two married children and five grandchildren.