The Harold C. Smith Room, formerly known as the Y.M.C.A. Multipurpose Room, is named after the College’s longtime trustee and Y.M.C.A. visionary. Many prominent leaders from both the Y.M.C.A. and the College attended the event. The history of the Harold C. Smith Room dates back to the late 19th century – James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, played his sport here, and William Morgan demonstrated his new game of volleyball here. The room signifies the collaborative programming between Springfield College and the Y.M.C.A. After President Flynn and Smith unveiled the plaque that will be placed in the room, Smith spoke about his commitment to Springfield College. Smith has been a valued member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees for nearly three decades, including exemplary service as chair of the board’s investment committee and as a member of the executive committee. He was awarded an honorary degree in humanics in 1998. Smith began his career with the Y.M.C.A. Retirement Fund in 1958, and rose through the ranks to become president & CEO and chief investment officer in 1983. During his 17 years in that leadership position, the fund experienced unprecedented growth in membership and assets under his management. In 2001, he was enshrined in the Y.M.C.A. Hall of Fame, which is located at Springfield College. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, he has served the national UCC organization in several capacities, and was voluntary senior pastor at Unity Hill United Church of Christ in Trumbull, Conn., from 1958-2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursinus College, a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, and an MBA from New York University.
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