The University of Baltimore has appointed a former dean of its Merrick School of Business to be executive vice president and provost.
Darlene Brannigan Smith, a professor of marketing at the business school who has taught at UB since 2005, took over the position January 20, according to the university.
The provost is the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for “guiding the vision and leadership” of academic affairs, according to the statement.
Smith takes over from former provost Joseph Wood, who will continue teaching in the university’s college of arts and sciences.
“Darlene Smith is an outstanding and well-respected leader,” university President Kurt L. Schmoke said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to advance the academic mission of UB.”
Smith said in a statement that she looks forward “to working with my colleagues in order to empower our students’ educational journey” and that she was thrilled to “help shape the lives of our wonderful students.”
Smith was previously a faculty member at George Washington University and Loyola University Maryland, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UB; she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In the private sector, Smith has done consulting work for Aegon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, Sheridan Press and McCormick Food, according to the university.