Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-06-04

Dr. Douglas L. Smith has been named Director of Graduate Studies for the Samford University School of Business. He will be responsible for administering all aspects of the business graduate programs, including admission, registration, academic advisement and graduation.

The Samford School of Business offers Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) graduate degree programs.

Dr. Smith was most recently assistant professor of business at Samford, teaching accounting and information technology courses. In addition to his administrative duties, he will continue to teach several MBA and M.Acc. courses.

Smith, a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Ph.D. degree in administration-health services with specialization in strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds master's degrees in education and accounting from Samford and UAB, respectively; an MBA from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgia State University.

Prior to joining the Samford faculty in 1995, Smith served in areas of finance and information systems with BellSouth for 30 years.

"Both the School of Business and the University stand to benefit greatly from Doug's leadership," said Samford business dean Dr. Carl Gooding. "His academic and corporate backgrounds will be valuable assets to our graduate programs."

Samford's MBA and M.Acc. degree courses are offered in the evenings during five terms beginning throughout the year.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.