April 16, 2007

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Drs. James Michael Smith and James Matthew Smith

Dr. James Michael Smith and Dr. James Matthew Smith

Changes in BGSU Firelands leadership announced

After six years as dean of BGSU Firelands, Dr. James Michael Smith of Fremont is leaving that post July 1 to work full time as vice president for economic development and regional growth.

President Sidney Ribeau named Smith to the vice presidency last August. Since then, Smith has divided his time between the two campuses. Ribeau recently asked the Firelands dean to focus all his attention on enhancing opportunities for comprehensive University-business collaboration throughout the region.

Dr. James Matthew Smith of Milan, associate dean of engagement and outreach at Firelands and no relation to the current dean, will serve a two-year term as interim dean of the college beginning July 1, Dr. Mark Gromko, interim provost, has announced.


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