Smith named dean of new business college
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012 00:08
Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business is being led by a new dean this fall.
Brien Smith will take over as the college moves from its previous location, the Statesman Towers, to the location that has been known as the Federal Building at Seventh and Cherry streets in Terre Haute.
Smith has spent most of his 24 years as a Hoosier working at Ball State University, in administrative positions. Within his first year, he became assistant chairperson for the Department of Marketing. He also served as a founding chair in Ball State’s new Department of Marketing and Management, and most recently served as the associate dean of the university’s Miller College of Business.
“I was in no hurry to leave Ball State, and I wanted to be selective in the kind of opportunities that I considered,” Smith said. “The position at ISU seemed to be an excellent fit for my skills, experience and temperament.”
Smith said the support of his family and the ISU community has made his transition a smooth one.
“Not a single day has gone by that I have not been offered help by someone in the Terre Haute area. This overwhelming support confirms that I have made the right choice,” he said. “Initially there is so much to learn but I take great comfort that I have inherited so many great teachers.”
Smith said he sees himself “more as a team leader than a boss,” and plans to get students involved in the mission of the college as much as possible.
“Education is not a spectator sport by any means,” he said. “Students should demand more from their education.
“I personally do not think we can deliver an education, but if we all work together we can transform lives and radically impact our economy.”
This advice should be taken seriously as more and more college graduates struggle to find jobs, Smith said, however a college degree is more important now than ever before.
That’s why he encourages students to take advantage of any opportunities on campus and throughout their community to effectively “sell themselves on the value that they bring.”
“There is not a single reason that a Scott College of Business major should stand in line with other job seekers,” he said. “You have to take confidence in your preparation and raise your hand to move to the front of the line.”
Smith took advantage of his time in college, completing his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Auburn University in Alabama. However, he said he never saw “business” as a mere school subject. His father was an entrepreneur in the textile business and Smith accompanied him on many family business endeavors in the United States and Guatemala.
“I think I always wanted to be like my dad and never questioned whether I would have some role in the business world,” he said.
Smith brings to ISU with him more than 20 years of experience in administration in higher education
Even so, he’ll be just like many incoming students on the first day of classes.
“Like other ISU freshmen, I am embarking on a new chapter in my life,” he said.
He encourages students to make the most of their time at ISU.
“When we survey life’s accomplishments, we fret most over opportunity lost than mistakes made,” he said.