Howard L. Smith Is New Dean of Milgard School of Business

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UW Tacoma has named Dr. Howard L. Smith as the new Gary E. and James A. Milgard Endowed Dean of the Milgard School of Business.

Dr. Howard L. Smith, Gary E. and James A. Milgard Endowed Dean, Milgard School of BusinessThe University of Washington Tacoma has named Dr. Howard L. Smith as the new Gary E. and James A. Milgard Endowed Dean of the Milgard School of Business.

Dr. Smith served as dean at the University of New Mexico for both its Anderson School of Management and School of Public Administration.  He led both schools to national and international rankings including multiple mentions as one of the top 15 business ethics programs in the world for 2003-2004.  While at the University of New Mexico, Smith collaborated with the Anderson School’s board to provide access to local community leaders and small business owners.

He spent six years at Boise State University. Due to his leadership and fundraising success as dean of the College of Business & Economics, Smith was asked by the president to serve as vice president for advancement, where he initiated the university’s first comprehensive fund raising campaign in 2007, raising $175-million over a seven-year period, the largest such campaign in Idaho history.

Most recently, Smith served as the founding dean of Pacific University College of Business, located in Forest Grove, Oregon.

His new position marks a return of sorts for Smith: he received his Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. “It’s extremely gratifying to me to be able to return to the Pacific Northwest and an exceptional opportunity to serve as the dean of the Milgard School,” said Smith.

The Milgard School was recently reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), through an extensive five-year review. “That reaccreditation shows the depth of the work of the school’s faculty and leadership,” said Smith. “It’s a significant accomplishment. I have the deepest respect for those leaders that preceded me, and I look forward to working with the faculty to continue the Milgard School’s tradition of excellence.”

Smith will have a tenured appointment as a full professor. He will begin his new role on July 1, 2016.

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John Burkhardt / May 20, 2016
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu