Marshall University’s Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is named for a Marshall alumnus and benefactor who serves as executive board chairman of Intuit and chairman of Nordstrom. Brad Smith graduated from Marshall in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
In November 2018, Smith and his wife Alys Smith made a transformational $25 million gift to Marshall’s Lewis College of Business. In recognition of his generosity, the college named its undergraduate and graduate schools for him.
Previously, the Smiths established the Brad D. and Alys Smith Family Scholarship at Marshall for West Virginia and Ohio students, with preference for first-generation college students. Their past support was recognized by the university foundation’s board of directors in 2015, when the board named its building the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.
Brad Smith has been intimately involved in a number of Marshall projects over the years, including 2017’s Innovating for Impact challenge, which featured Intuit leaders visiting Huntington to help the university’s students create business plans. The program culminated in a competition judged by Smith, actress and West Virginia native Jennifer Garner, and former Marshall and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington.
Brad Smith, who in December 2018 stepped down as Intuit’s chairman and chief executive officer, and Alys Smith, an attorney, live in California. Brad Smith was born in Huntington and grew up in the nearby town of Kenova. After graduating from Marshall, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Aquinas College in Michigan. Alys Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from The Ohio State University and then graduated with a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.