报 告 人：Del Smith
报告题目：Developing Innovative Business Models: Trusting in the Process
Dr. Del Smith has extensive management and leadership experience in healthcare, IT, higher education, and government. Since 2015, he has served as dean and professor of the College of Business & Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University. In 2018, his role at the university expanded to include executive director for economic development. Del previously served as commissioner of economic development for the City of Rochester, New York, where he managed over $850 million in housing and economic development programs, led a team of 150 professionals, and launched the city’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Del was an associate professor of management at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and inaugural director of RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, securing over $3 million in initial funding for the center. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama.