Clarkson University selects new dean for business school
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:48 am

Clarkson University has selected a new dean for the School of Business. Dayle M. Smith has been named dean, effective July 1.

Timothy F. Sugrue, who has been the dean of the Business School since 2000, will step down June 30 to focus on serving as CEO of the Beacon Institute, a subsidiary of Clarkson University in Beacon, which he has led since 2011.

Smith is a professor of management at the University of San Francisco's McLaren School of Business and has held a number of leadership roles during her 20-year tenure at the institution, including service as the director of the Business Honors Program.

She holds her doctoral degree in organizational communication and organizational behavior from the University of Southern California, and has also taught at the University of Southern California and Georgetown University.

“Dayle Smith is an inspirational leader with collaborative vision and a record of supporting innovation and team-building experiences across departments, universities and international borders, said Provost Chuck Thorpe. “She is well-positioned to help Clarkson faculty, students and staff blur boundaries, use technology and develop strategic partnerships to connect to industry, global organizations and Clarkson’s remarkably successful alumni in new ways.”

At the University of San Francisco, Smith teaches classes in leadership, management and organizational behavior, human resource management and other management electives at the undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA levels.

Smith spent her 2010-11 academic year in Hong Kong as a member of a senior Fulbright scholar team. With top administrators, faculty and staff at eight Hong Kong universities, the scholar team helped shape a nationwide educational transformation initiative.

She has also taught internationally in Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Thailand and in the Republic of Georgia, along with active participation in international executive programs, working with such groups as Nippon Telephone & Telegraph, the Northern Ireland Small Business Institute and groups from Africa, Scandinavia and Southeast Asia.

“Building on the extraordinary legacy of leadership in the Clarkson University School of Business, I look forward to helping the school and university reach new levels of excellence and share its pioneering influence both domestically and internationally,” said Smith.

She has authored over 25 books, including “Learning Team Skills; Management Communication” (with Arthur Bell); “Difficult People at work: How to cope, How to win;” “The E-Business Book and Women at Work” and “Leadership for the Next Century.”

Her articles have appeared in such journals as Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Business Communication, Human Resources Planning, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Staffing and Recruitment and others.

In addition to her research and teaching, Smith also consults for a number of organizations in the areas of strategy, leadership, team training and development and executive coaching as well as service on several boards that address social entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Smith’s clients have included Wells Fargo Inc., Quaker Oats, Marriott Corporation, United States Coast Guard, United States Army, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Safeway Stores, Cost Plus World Markets, PaineWebber, Santa Fe - Southern Pacific and the Library of Congress.

In 2008, Smith was awarded the University Service Learning Award and nominated for the National Ehrlich Award. She designed and implemented the Public Service Internship program, which places students in paid internship opportunities with Bay Area non-profit agencies that address a full range of social issues including homelessness, healthcare, at-risk youth, children with disabilities, social entrepreneurship and community redevelopment.

With her husband, Arthur H. Bell, Smith is co-founder and CEO of Lexingford Publishing, an Internet start-up with offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco that provides authors with an alternative model for publishing original intellectual work.

Smith received her Ph.D. and master of arts degree in organizational communication from the University of Southern California and her bachelor of arts in speech communication from the University of Texas at Arlington.

She serves on several boards, has coached softball for the Tiburon Peninsula Little League, plays Marin and USTA League Tennis and is actively involved in her community. Smith and Bell are the parents of three children.