Brad D. Smith is a proud West Virginia native and Marshall alumnus with a passion for philanthropy and leadership. Formerly the CEO and Executive Chairman of Intuit, Brad is focused on facilitating change by developing, supporting and investing in people. Brad and his wife Alys Smith co-founded the Wing 2 Wing Foundation in 2019 to uplift the Mountain State and those who reside in it.
Brad’s commitment to his home state runs deep and he is continuously seeking new ways to empower its residents. When he and Alys began creating Wing 2 Wing, they worked to identify key areas that would create sustainable change in the state. Their efforts led to them establishing Wing 2 Wing on three pillars proven to achieve sustainable social and economic success: education, entrepreneurship and the environment. The Wing 2 Wing Foundation provides increased access and support for education, entrepreneurship mentoring and investment, and works to position West Virginia as a showcase for the nation, where doers can come to fulfill their dreams while preserving the natural beauty of Appalachia.
Brad’s work with Wing 2 Wing has led to the establishment of programs and initiatives that align with the foundation’s vision, and open doors for Appalachians and new state residents alike. Such programs include Ascend West Virginia and First Ascent, whose work maintains and grows West Virginia’s talent pool through unique incentives.
Outside of his role at the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Brad serves as the President of Marshall University, where he leads his alma mater and the student body whose potential includes that of the next generation of West Virginia leaders. Prior to his presidential role, Brad was an executive leader with a career that spanned four industries. Most notably, Brad led Intuit as its CEO for 11 years, and also served as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Intuit, Chairman of the Nordstrom board, and a board member of Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey) and Yahoo. He currently holds board positions on the Humana Inc. Board of Directors and Amazon’s board of directors, where he is a member of the Audit Committee.
Brad earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University and his master’s degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan. In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Honorary Doctor of Business Degree from West Virginia University. Brad and Alys were also recognized at Marshall’s 83rd Alumni Awards Banquet in 2022, where they both received accolades for their support of the university.
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