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Dean Brien Smith hired as provost at Youngstown State

April 5, 2019

Scott College of Business Dean Brien Smith has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Smith has led the Scott College since 2012. During that time, Smith created a new center to administer student success programs and oversee student career-readiness initiatives, expanded online programs, increased the number of women leaders in the college by 30 percent, and helped raise millions of dollars in gifts and earn more than $9 million in external grants for student programming and scholarships.

"I have appreciated Brien's insights and his thoughtful approach to leadership. He's been a cornerstone of my leadership team, and I know he will bring these qualities to Youngstown State," said Mike Licari, provost of Indiana State.

Smith, who will be Youngstown's second-highest ranking officer and oversee all academic operations of the university, was selected after a four-month search that drew more than 60 applicants nationwide.

"My job as dean has been rewarding, and I am truly blessed to have served with so many talented people," Smith said. "I cannot say enough about State's spirit of generosity and its dedication to transforming student's lives and impacting the community. I am very excited about pursing my new role, and I am so grateful for the opportunity Indiana State University provided me."

Youngstown State is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service.

Details about the search to replace Smith will be announced soon.


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