Charles Plympton Smith

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Charles Plympton Smith (born June 1, 1954, Burlington, Vermont) is a banker and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Vermont who served in the Vermont House of Representatives. The son of banker and state senator Frederick Plympton Smith, he received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1978 following which he attended the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia on a one year Rotary Foundation Scholarship. From 1975-1978 he served two terms in the Vermont House of Representatives, alternating semesters between Harvard and the legislature, which at the time met only in the Spring. He was nominated by both the Democratic and Republican parties.

In 1980 he was appointed to the Vermont Public Service Board. From 1981-1983 he was Staff Director and Administrative Assistant for then-Congressman James Jeffords. From 1984-1987 he was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Transphase Systems, Inc. in California. From 1988-1996 he was District Vice-President of KeyBank, National Association in Burlington, Vermont, then President and Senior Commercial lender until 2002.

In January 2003 he was appointed Secretary to the Vermont Agency of Human Services by Governor Jim Douglas. From February 2005 until March 2006 he was Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration. On January 27, 2006 he was named president of the Snelling Center for Government and served in this role until November, 2009. He is now a management consultant residing in Burlington and has taken on interim roles such as President of Vermont PBS (2014-2015), President of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (2015-2016), and COO of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (2016-2017). He is also a Principal in the building and management of the largest solar-power array in Vermont at Whitcomb Farm in Essex, Vermont.[1]

Smith’s board memberships include or have included Cathedral Square Corporation; New England Culinary Institute; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (current Chairman); Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; United Way of Chittenden County, as Chair of its Community Investment Committee; Dental Dental of Vermont; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; and the Board of Trustees of Champlain College.

He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Amy Mellencamp and their two children Emily Mellencamp Smith and Charles Plympton Smith V. He is the younger brother of former U.S. Congressman Peter Plympton Smith.


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