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Melvin T StithMELVIN T. STITH BS, MBA, Ph.D.
INTERIM PRESIDENT
Dean Emeritus, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Dean Emeritus, College of Business, Florida State University

Melvin T. Stith, Sr. Ph.D. was appointed Interim President of Norfolk State University effective January 1, 2018.  A recognized scholar, accomplished higher education administrator, and long-time corporate board director, Stith brings more than four decades of higher education leadership and corporate governance experience to Norfolk State University. Dr. Stith has written extensively and his research interest focus 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 a diverse range of academic institutions, corporations, and government agencies. Born in Jarratt, Virginia, Stith received his B.S. in Sociology from Norfolk State University in 1968 and his MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management in 1973 and 1978. A Vietnam veteran, Stith served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command from 1968 to 1972, achieving the rank of Captain. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Prior to his appointment as Interim President, Stith served as Dean and Professor of Business at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management from January 2005 – January 2015. From 1991 to 2004, Stith served as Dean and Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at The Florida State University. Prior to being appointed Dean, Dr. Stith was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing. Dr. Stith’s experience also includes appointments as a Visiting Professor in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University, and Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in the College of Business at the University of South Florida. 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. 

Dr. Stith currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the following public corporations:  Synovus Financial Corp., Aflac, and Flowers Food Corporation.  His previous corporate board experiences include serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for AARP Services, and Director for Tallahassee State Bank, PHTS, Correctional Services Corporation, Keebler Foods Company, Sprint/United Telephone Florida and Rexall Sundown, Inc. Stith’s public service appointments include: Member of the Crouse Hospital Board of Directors, Past President of the Crouse Hospital Foundation, Member of the Advisory Board of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Jim Moran Foundation, and former Vice Rector of the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors.

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, and grandparents to grandson, Drew. The Stith’s are avid philanthropists and have been awarded Syracuse University’s Orange Circle Award, and inducted into Norfolk State University’s Lyman Beecher Brooks Society for their generous financial giving.