Brad D. Smith

Brad D. Smith is a West Virginia native who is known for his prominent business career and the philanthropic work he has done for West Virginia. He is currently the president of Marshall University

For over two decades, Brad D. Smith, served in several senior and executive positions at Intuit, a global technology platform powering TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. He joined Intuit in 2003 and served as Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Accountant Central and Developer Network. He then went on to lead the Consumer Tax Group, QuickBooks and Small Business Divisions before becoming CEO in 2008. Brad served as the CEO from 2008 until 2019, at which point, he stepped into the role of Executive Chairman of the Board. Other previous notable board positions include Chairman of the Nordstrom board and sitting board member of both Yahoo and Momentive (formerly known as SurveyMonkey).

Toward the end of his career in Silicon Valley, Brad began turning his focus back to his home: West Virginia. In 2019, Brad founded the Wing 2 Wing Foundation alongside his wife, Alys. The nonprofit organization focuses on providing resources and education to help develop Appalachian communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by economic and technological changes. An early initiative of the Foundation includes the Ascend West Virginia remote worker program, which incentivizes working professionals to relocate to the Mountain State. 

In addition to the philanthropic work Brad has sought out as an individual, he has also leaned on his alma mater, Marshall University, as a conduit for influencing positive change. In 2018, Brad and Alys made a transformational gift to the college of business, funding what would become the Brad D. Smith Student Incubator, a program designed to further develop opportunities for young entrepreneurs. 

Given his track record as a successful leader and his dedication to the school throughout the years, Brad was chosen to be Marshall University’s 38th President in October of 2021. 

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