YSU announces new provost

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Brien N. Smith, YSU Provost

Youngstown State University announced on Friday that the university has named its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

Brien Smith has served as dean of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University for seven years. According to a press release, Smith helped raise enrollment, graduation rates and grants during that time. 

He will now serve as YSU’s next provost.

Smith was selected from a pool of over 60 applicants to oversee all of the YSU’s academic operations, the release said.

“Dr. Smith not only has the demonstrated academic and administrative credentials to successfully lead our academic division, he also brings with him a committed background, understanding and appreciation of the crucial role that regional universities can play in their communities and states,” YSU President Jim Tressel said in the press release. 

Smith will be replacing YSU interim provost Joe Mosca, who took the position last June. 

The press release said his appointment will be approved at the YSU Board of Trustees meeting on June 6. 

Smith said he is honored to take the position and looks forward to working with the university.

“I have always believed that the essence of leadership is the ability to affect the thinking and behavior of others and to create a high impact culture. The provost must articulate a strong vision and build a narrative that will provide guidance and inspiration to move the university forward. Together, working collaboratively with all university constituents and nurturing an environment of shared governance, I am confident that we can build on YSU’s many successes and reach even higher levels of academic excellence and student success,” he said in the release.

Smith was named dean of the business college at Indiana State in 2012. Since then, the college saw an 18% increase in undergraduate enrollment, a 38% increase in freshmen enrollment and a 54% increase in graduate enrollment. 

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