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Ascending in Almost Heaven with Brad Smith


In this episode of Innovators and Entrepreneurs, we talk to Brad Smith, the President of Marshall University and the mastermind behind several philanthropic endeavors. He and his wife, Alys, are on a mission to highlight the abundant opportunities found in West Virginia.

“We came from the families that mined the coal, that forged the steel, that built the roads, that carried the trucks, that won the war. When our President asked us to help put a man on the moon, we produced the rocket boys. Then when we needed to get them safely back to earth, our mountains produced Katherine Johnson and the hidden figures that did the calculations to get them home. We have everything it takes to lead this nation and shape the 21st century...”

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