Mission & Values


The Smith School's mission is to create knowledge, promote a learning environment that fosters intellectual discovery, and equip current and future leaders to assess complex problems and deliver innovative solutions. 


We do the right things, the right way.

  • We act with integrity and practice intellectual honesty.
  • We treat each other with respect, embracing diversity of viewpoints and values.
  • We see beyond our own interests and seek to have a lasting impact on those around us.

We embrace challenges and opportunities.

  • We’re passionate about the pursuit of new insights in research.
  • We’re fearless about incorporating new methods and ideas into our classrooms.
  • We champion intelligent risk-taking and learn from our failures.

We have a collective passion for excellence.

  • We make decisions based on rigorous examination of the evidence.
  • We practice what we teach in all areas of management.
  • We collaborate to create long-term value for our students, our university, our communities and our state.