Marshall University’s Brad D. Smith Business Incubator is named for Brad D. Smith, a Marshall alumnus and benefactor who serves as executive chairman of the board of Intuit. He is also chairman of Nordstrom and sits on the board for Momentive. Brad D. Smith graduated from Marshall in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
In November 2018, Brad and his wife Alys Smith made a transformational $25 million gift to the university’s schools of business. In recognition of his generosity, the college named its undergraduate and graduate schools for him.
Previously, the Smiths established the Alys and Brad D. 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 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 Brad, actress and West Virginia native Jennifer Garner, and former Marshall and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington.
To continue increasing economic development and opportunity within the Mountain state, Alys and Brad co-founded the Wing 2 Wing Foundation. Through the foundation the couple has launched a remote worker program to help draw talent into the state of West Virginia.
Brad Smith—who stepped down from his role as CEO in January 2019—and Alys Smith—a mediator and former attorney—live in Menlo Park, California. Brad 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.