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Provost names interim business dean

Karl Smart will assume interim leadership duties following Crespy’s retirement

Contact: Ari Harris


mug-smart.jpgMichael Gealt, executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University, has announced the appointment of Karl Smart as interim dean of the College of Business Administration. Smart will assume duties Oct. 1, 2018, following the retirement of Dean Charles Crespy.

Smart joined the university’s business information systems faculty in 2002. He served as interim director of CMU’s Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship from 2010-11 and was founding director of the Information Management Institute from 2012-17.

Smart was professor and department chair of business information systems from 2006-09 and 2010-17. He served as assistant dean for assessment and assurance of learning in the college from 2015-17.

As interim associate dean of the college since January 2017, Smart initiated a faculty mentoring program and provides leadership, direction and support to more than 150 faculty members. He currently is working toward the college’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business reaccreditation and has led efforts for a fall 2019 rollout of the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Smart earned a doctoral degree from the University of Florida in rhetorical strategies and technical communication. He also holds a master’s degree from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. Before joining CMU, Smart held teaching positions at Michigan State University and Brigham Young University in Utah.

As CBA’s interim dean, Smart will be responsible for leadership and operation of the college.


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