Harry Seabright Smith '71 | Handley 100th Notable
Harry Seabright Smith ’71

Harry holds his Bachelor of Science from Radford University and is a graduate of the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He is a bank executive in the Winchester area with over 40 years of experience.

Harry currently serves as Chair of the Board of Valley Health System and is a member of the American Hospital Association Committee on Governance. He is a member of the Shenandoah University Board of Trustees, a board he chaired from 2006 until 2008.

He is also the Chair of the Handley 100th Anniversary Steering Committee.

Harry was a member of the Winchester City Council from 1990 to 1998, serving as President of Council from 1996 until 1998. He was the lead negotiator for the City during the City/County talks that led to the historic agreement resulting in Frederick County Offices remaining downtown.

He was a member of the Handley Board of Trustees for 20 years. He served as President of the Board for 10 years.

He was a founding member of The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and received the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019. In addition, he was a founding member of the Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Foundation Board.

Harry was President of the Judges Athletic Association Board, Chair of the United Way Board, and Board Chair of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He has served on the Winchester Education Foundation Board, the Leary Education Foundation Board (Timber Ridge School for Boys), and the Grafton Integrated Healthcare Network Board.

He has been recognized as the Handley Library Distinguished Friend, 1996;
Radford University Alumnus of the Year, 1997; Lord Fairfax Community College Medallion of Recognition, 2001; John Handley High School Medal of Honor, 2007; Winchester Education Association Distinguished Service Award, 2010; and the United Way Volunteer of the Year, 2007.

Harry is proud of the fact that four generations of his family have graduated from Handley. His great aunt graduated in 1923 and his mother in 1953. Harry graduated in 1971 and his wife, Debbie, in 1974. Their daughters graduated in 1999 and 2001. His oldest granddaughter will start at Handley in the fall of 2024.

Harry’s great grandfather, Harry Seabright, was one of the first students to graduate from Winchester High School at the original John Kerr School in 1887.

With a long family history in the Winchester area, Harry Smith has served the community through his work in finance, public service, health and education.

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