Veteran faculty member Dr. William "Bill" Smith has been
named director of graduate programs for the College of Business
and Economic Development (CBED) at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Smith, a member
of the Southern Miss Marketing and Management Department for 23
years, assumed leadership of CBED's graduate programs office in
January. He succeeds Dr. Stephen Buschardt, professor of management,
who served in the position for three years.
Smith will oversee the admissions, growth and issues related to
the college's five graduate programs that include master's programs
in business administration, public accountancy, economic development
and workforce training, plus a doctorate program in international
development. MBA programs are offered on the Hattiesburg and Gulf
Park campuses as well as at Stennis Space Center.
we want to grow the programs, so we have to focus on both attracting
high-caliber students and then providing good job placement when
they graduate," said Smith.
Smith's appointment, CBED Dean Harold Doty said, "Bill Smith
has a proven track record of bridging between the business school
and the business community. He's one of the few faculty members
who has extensive experience teaching both in business and economic
development, and his network of contacts in the business community
makes him the right person to oversee these programs."
Smith has previously
served as assistant dean of corporate relations for the business
school and currently serves on the college's career planning and
internship committee. In addition, Smith has been a consultant to
a number of business clients throughout the region as well as a
speaker and seminar leader. He holds a doctorate in marketing from
Louisiana Tech University and earned both his bachelor's and master's
degrees from Florida State University.
Smith is a
member of the American Marketing Association, Sales and Marketing
Executives International of Hattiesburg, Southern Economic Development
Council, and the board of directors for Wesley Manor in Hattiesburg.
Smith and his
wife, Ginger, are members of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church
and have four children and six grandchildren.
For more information
about CBED's graduate degree programs, contact the office in Joseph
Greene Hall on the Hattiesburg campus at (601) 266-4653.