Harry Smith announced as new Fogelman College Executive-in-Residence
Dean Rajiv Grover has announced that Harry Smith is to be the new Executive-in-Residence
at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Smith will give guest lectures and
talks to students and meet with students, faculty and staff on the subject, “Know
Good – Do Good – Thrive.” The essential message is that the most effective way to
get ahead in life is through positive actions. If one does the right thing and continues
doing the right thing, one will be successful. In the first instance, Smith’s activities
will be directed at communicating this message to graduating seniors through in-class
Between 1980 and 2005 Smith was the Chairman and CEO of Schilling Companies, Inc.
that owned and operated several companies that variously dealt in the automobile sales,
real estate, trucking, HVAC, and auto parts industries. He has managed more than
1000 employees and a revenue base of $150 MM. Prior to that, he was a partner in
a Public Accounting firm for 16 years. He recently sold a saddle manufacturing company
in Texas and is currently engaged in developing 448 acres of land for mixed-use. Smith
has served on several for-profit and not for-profit boards spanning health care, banking,
civic, transportation, religious and educational organizations.
Smith was born in Alabama. He graduated from the University of North Alabama and
has an Honorary Doctorate from Union University. He has been married to Mary Elizabeth
Smith for 46 years and has one daughter and 3 grandsons – one of whom won the BCS
title game for Alabama!