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Melvin T StithMelvin T. Stith BS, MBA, Ph.D.
Interim President

Norfolk State University, Norfolk Virginia

November 2017, Stith was appointed Interim President of his undergraduate alma mater Norfolk State University. January 2005, he became the sixteenth dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University (SU). He served in that capacity until June 2013. Upon leaving the deanship, he was a professor of marketing in the Whitman School of Management.  He retired in January 2015. From 1991 to 2004, he was dean and the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at the Florida State University and previously was associate professor and chair of the department of marketing.  From 1982 to 1985, he was a visiting professor in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University.  He served as associate dean and assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of South Florida from 1977 to 1982.

A Vietnam veteran, Stith served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command from 1968 to 1972, achieving the rank of captain. A native of Jarratt, Va., he received his undergraduate education at Norfolk State University in 1968 (B.S., sociology), and his MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from the Whitman School in 1973 and 1978.  His research interest is on the impact of value systems on consumer behavior and key influences on Black and White consumption patterns. He has shared his research and professional expertise with corporations, academic institutions and government agencies.

Stith currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the following public corporations:  Synovus Financial Corp., Aflac, and Flowers Food Corporation.  He also serves as chair of the board of directors for AARP Services. He served  as the Vice Rector, Board of Visitors, Norfolk State University until his appointment as interim President of Norfolk State University.  He was also a member of the board of directors for the Accounting Pathways Commission.  In Syracuse, he is a member of the Crouse Hospital board of directors.  He served as president of the Crouse Hospital Foundation from 2012-2015.  He is a member of the advisory board of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the local professional theatre, Syracuse Stage. He is a founding member of the board of directors, Jim Moran Foundation.

Stith is a founding member and remains active in the PhD Project, which aims to significantly increase the pool of highly qualified African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans for positions in the academy.  In 2011, he was named to the project’s inaugural Hall of Fame.  He and his wife Patricia were presented the Syracuse Orange Circle Award in 2013 by Syracuse University because of their philanthropy to SU.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

His previous corporate board experiences include serving as a director for Tallahassee State Bank, PHTS, Correctional Services Corporation, Keebler Foods Company, Sprint/United Telephone Florida and Rexall Sundown, Inc.

Stith is married to Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith, a Norfolk State University alumna, who recently retired as assistant provost for equity and inclusion at Syracuse University and associate dean of the graduate school. They are the proud parents of three children, Melvin Jr., Lori and William Stith.