Loyola Marymount University announced Tuesday that Dayle M. Smith of Clarkson University will lead the College of Business Administration as its next dean, effective June 1.
Smith, who earned her doctorate in organizational communication at USC, was selected after a nationwide search to replace Dennis Draper, who last year announced his intention to step down after 11 years in the post.
Yhomas Poon, LMU’s executive vice president and provost, said Smith “possesses the expertise, creativity and vision to chart the promising future of one of the country’s top-ranked business schools.”
“Our Silicon Beach and Los Angeles location provides unmatched opportunities for our ambitious students and successful alumni around the globe,” he said. “As a nationally esteemed leader, Dean Smith will bring her reputation for innovation and entrepreneurialism to transform how we educate tomorrow’s change makers.”
Smith is currently dean of Clarkson’s David D. Reh School of Business in Potsdam, New York, which is nationally ranked in its interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and global supply chain programs, and its online MBA program, according to LMU. She is also a tenured professor of consumer and organizational studies.
Prior to joining Clarkson in 2013, Smith was on the faculty at USC and Georgetown University, and spent 20 years at the University of San Francisco as a professor of leadership and organizational behavior. She was a Fulbright senior scholar in 2010-11 and has taught in Asia and Europe.
“I’m thrilled about joining LMU at this exciting time in its history,” Smith said. “With its burgeoning partnerships in Silicon Beach and opportunities to collaborate and grow creative, interdisciplinary programs across the campus and in the community, CBA is poised to leverage the entrepreneurial spirit among students and faculty and soar in the years ahead.”
Smith is the author of more than 25 books and numerous articles in her discipline, with most of her research focused on leadership, communication and organizational behavior. As a consultant, she has specialized in design thinking, developing innovation cultures, leadership and team development as well as executive coaching.