Mr. Kell Smith

Portrait of Interim-Executive Director, Kell Smith

Mr. Kell Smith has been named interim-Executive Director.  Kell has been with the Mississippi Community College Board since 2008. 

On July 16, 2021, Mr. Kell Smith was named Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB).  Since 2008, he has also served as Director of Communications and Legislative Services for MCCB. In his roles at MCCB, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency while also handling legislative issues that pertain to the community college system, as well as serving as the point of contact for all media inquiries related to the agency.  His service to the State of Mississippi began in 2005 when he started working at the Secretary of State’s office.  He believes in working collaboratively with each of the 15 community colleges in order to advance the system and improve the lives of Mississippians.   

Kell attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2003 and also earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration in 2005. While at MSU, he was co-director of Governmental Affairs for the Student Association and served on the Student Association Housing Committee.  He served as a member of the Stennis-Montgomery Association and was a Mississippi State Alumni Delegate.  Kell was honored to be selected as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary Society as well as a Dean’s Scholar.

Kell serves on the Board of Directors for the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, is a former member of the Board of Director for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. 

He is married to the former Mary Straton Karatassos of Starkville.  They live in Madison and are the parents of Eleanor and Rosie.  He serves as a deacon of Broadmoor Baptist Church.