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Released January 21, 2004

By Jana Bryant

HATTIESBURG - 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.

As director, 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.

"Naturally, 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.

In announcing 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.


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