Brad D. Smith



The Kenova native and Marshall University alumnus first rose to national prominence in 2008 when, at age 43, he was named CEO of software giant Intuit in Silicon Valley. Smith's decade long tenure at the helm saw phenomenal growth at the company and earned him numerous accolades. In 2017, Fortume  ranked him No. 6 on its list of Top CEO in the United States, while Forbes named him one of the Top Influential American Business Leaders. After retiring in 2018, he and his wife Alys started a philanthropic foundation to ensure that the people of Appalachia are no longer overlooked and are given every chance to succed. To date their foundation has donated more than 60 million to worthwhile projects in West Virginia alone. On Oct. 28, 2021, Smith fulfilled a longtime dream of returning to Huntington when he was names the 38th president of Marshall Univsrsity. "When I stepped down as CEO of Intuit, it became clear what my purpose was ---- to return to West Vitginia and make a difference," Snith said. "Anything I have accomplished in life is because someone at Marshall University invested in me. I consider it the ultimate privilege to be able to pay that ptivilege forward to the next generation."


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