HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The head of software company Intuit and his wife have made a multi-million dollar gift to Marshall University’s business school.
The university announced Thursday Brad and Alys Smith made a $25 million gift to benefit the Lewis College of Business, one of the largest gifts in the history of the university.
Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert called the gift “transformational.”
“Their generosity will provide a strong foundation for the redesign, reorganization and reenergizing of our college of business,” he said in a statement.
Brad Smith is a Huntington native and alumnus of Marshall, graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a member of the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame.
“Alys and I are passionate about education and economic empowerment in West Virginia, Ohio and the surrounding Appalachia area,” he said. “We believe in supporting programs that are strategic, enduring and making a lasting impact on students. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Marshall leaders to bring new insights in business programs to reality.”
The Smiths have been heavily involved with academics at Marshall; the couple established the Brad D. and Alys Smith Family Scholarship for West Virginia and Ohio students, giving preference to first-generation college students.
Smith hosted the Design for Delight challenge in 2017, which was a competition requiring students to develop business plans.
We are excited to announce one of the largest gifts in the history of Marshall University from #SonOfMarshall Brad Smith (@IntuitBrad) and his wife Alys. This incredible gift will transform Marshall and our College of Business. Learn more at https://t.co/hVO2EvMgii. pic.twitter.com/A9ysFa7k1z
— President Gilbert (@MarshalluPres) November 8, 2018