Marshall alumnus donates $25 million to university's business college
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Marshall University received one of its largest gifts in history Thursday.
Alumnus and Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys Smith made a $25 million donation to the Lewis College of Business, a news release from the university said.
“Their generosity will provide a strong foundation for the redesign, reorganization and reenergizing of our college of business,” Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert said in the release.
Smith graduated from Marshall in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“Alys and I are passionate about education and economic empowerment in West Virginia, Ohio and the surrounding Appalachia area,” Smith said in the release. “We believe in supporting programs that are strategic, enduring and making a lasting impact on students. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Marshall leaders to bring new insights in business programs to reality.”
The gift will allow the Lewis College of Business to rework its curriculum and build new facilities.
“In addition to redesigning our programs through experiential learning and close industry-academic partnerships, we will build new facilities with spaces to nurture collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship. In appreciation for the Smiths’ vote of confidence, we will name our new business building the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation,” Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee, dean of the Lewis College of Business, said in the release.
In addition, the Lewis College of Business will name its undergraduate and graduate schools the Brad D. Smith Undergraduate School of Business and the Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business, the release said.