Pete Smith currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Communications & Legislative Services for the Department of Education. Prior to joining MDE Smith served as Governor Haley Barbour’s press secretary. Smith is a Mass Communications graduate of Mississippi College (MC). He began his career as sports information director at MC, subsequently working for four years as communications director for (then) State Auditor Phil Bryant. He serves on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Board of Directors. Smith also is past president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and of PRAM - Central Mississippi.