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SCHotline Welcomes Contributing Editor Michael S. Smith II [Bio]

July 7, 2009


SCHotline Contributing Editor Michael S. Smith II

Michael has spent much of his life in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A former copy editor and features writer for the Evening Post Publishing Company, Smith is editor of The Palmetto Times and executive editor of The Ethical Standard, the official publication of The Free Enterprise Foundation, a think-tank housed in Charleston at The Citadel. He regularly publishes reviews of nonfiction materials in the Evening Post’s flagship newspaper, The Post and Courier, and is an occasional contributor of materials to The State.

From 2005-2007, Smith served on the board of The English-Speaking Union, Charleston Branch (scholarship committee chair, fundraising chair, and treasurer). Through his work with the ESU, Smith helped initiate a scholarship program which annually awards opportunities for teachers from the South Carolina Lowcountry to participate in continuing education programs at Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, and The Globe Centre of London.

Also from 2005-2007, Smith served as: Publisher and editor of S.C. Voyage, a publication produced to augment the South Carolina Maritime Foundation’s fundraising and development efforts; Special assistant to American College of the Building Arts Vice President Charles P. Anderson, assisting Mr. Anderson with his management of ACBA’s fundraising and development efforts; Free Enterprise Foundation Tommy Baker Fellow (scholarship recipient), helping the foundation organize, promote and host various events (including FEF’s Charleston-Caribbean Leadership Summit). During the summer of 2007, Smith briefly served as a special assistant to S.C. State Senator George E. “Chip” Campsen III, assisting Sen. Campsen with his efforts to reform the awards process part of the S.C. Competitive Grants Program. During December of 2007, Smith sat for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer Test. His test scores were 172 for the multiple choice section and 8 for the essay section (155 and 6 were the minimum scores for candidacy consideration by State’s FSOT Board of Examiners during the December 2007 test window).

Mr. Smith is an associate of the firm Jonathan “Buddy” Kronsberg Consulting, LLC, and is of counsel to Anderson & Associates Fund Raising Counsel. He is also a special assistant to The Honorable L. Ronald Scheman, a former U.S. executive director of the IMF’s Inter-American Development Bank who currently serves as a senior adviser to Kissinger McLarty Associates. Smith has served as an informal communications consultant for several South Carolina Republican politicians since 2008. In 2009 he was invited to join the Monday Meeting, an influential meeting of economic conservatives, journalists and corporate leaders in New York City.

Smith earned his B.A. degree from the College of Charleston (2007), where he briefly studied Arabic and Economics. He resides in Charleston with his wife Jill and Marley, the couple’s Johns Island squirrel hound.


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