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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation


Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation in the 1400 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington. The facility is expected to open for students in the spring semester of 2024.

Featured speakers included Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert; Interim Provost and Former Marshall Business Dean Avinandan “Avi” Mukherjee; and Marshall President-elect Brad D. Smith, former CEO of Intuit and a Marshall graduate and benefactor. Smith and his wife, Alys, donated $25 million in 2018 to the Lewis College of Business, helping to make the vision of the new facility a reality. It marked one of the top three gifts to Marshall University in its history.
Other guests at the event included representatives from Marshall’s Board of Governors and the College of Business Advisory Board, as well as Fairmount Properties, the development company leading the project, and architecture firm Perkins Eastman of Pittsburgh.

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