Mel Stith becomes dean
Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund appointed Melvin T. Stith ’73 G,’78 Ph.D., to the Whitman deanship in January 2005.
“To be able to attract someone of Mel Stith’s character, values and accomplishments represents a true coup for Syracuse. That he is also a very valued alumnus truly is special,” said Freund. “His return at a time when a new building is opening should bring unprecedented momentum to the Whitman School. I cannot wait to start working with him.”
Stith received his MBA in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1978 in marketing, both from the Whitman School. He is also former director of graduate programs for the School of Management. He received his bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University.
“It is a very special honor when your alma mater extends an invitation to become dean of one of the nation’s leading schools of management at one of the world’s best universities,” Stith said. “When I was a student in the School of Management, I never dreamed that I would ever return as dean.”
Stith calls the job an exciting opportunity. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Cantor, Provost Freund and the Whitman faculty, staff, students and alumni to continually improve all aspects of Whitman’s operation and enhance its national reputation,” he said.
Stith most recently had been dean of the College of Business at Florida State, as well as the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration. His research studies the impact of value systems on consumer purchase behavior and key influences on African American and white consumers’ habits. He has served as a consultant or lecturer for many private companies and public agencies, including The Dracket Company, American Hospital Supply, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Transportation, Glembys, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., Anheuser-Busch, Kent Publishing Co., JM Family Enterprises, Associated Credit Bureaus and the University of Wisconsin.
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