Published on June 4, 2002 by Mary Wimberley  

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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.