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Dean of UB’s Merrick School of Business steps down

The dean of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore will step down Aug. 1 after a five-year tenure.

Upon leaving the university, Dean Darlene Brannigan Smith will take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to the faculty as a marketing professor, according to a letter sent to the UB community from President Robert L. Bogomolny and Provost Joseph S. Wood.

Associate Dean Marilyn D. Oblak will serve in an acting capacity until an interim dean is selected to fill the position during the national search for a permanent replacement.

Smith’s accomplishments include establishing new degree programs, developing an online course evaluation system and online student advising forums, creating the Merrick Speaker Series and the Lessons from Legends series and increasing internship and study-abroad opportunities.

Smith submitted a letter of resignation to Bogomolny and Wood dated July 16, in which she thanked them for the opportunity to lead the business school, her alma mater, and said she is leaving confident that its students will continue to get a quality education from a committed faculty.

The administrators, in their letter to the community, thanked Smith for her “abiding commitment” and “exemplary service” to the university.