Brad D. Smith

President of Marshall University, Co-Founder of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation and former executive leader. Powering possibility and leveling the playing field through education, entrepreneurship and equal opportunity.


While most people know of Brad D. Smith from his time spent as Intuit’s CEO and later executive chairman, his most recent work is rooted in academia and philanthropy. A proud West Virginia native with a passion for leadership and driving positive change, Brad is serving his home state as the President of Marshall University and the Co-Founder of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation. In both roles he is working to create and provide entrepreneurial support and guidance for young and aspiring business leaders from lesser-known zip codes.


Under Smith’s 11 year leadership as Intuit’s CEO, he transformed the company from a North American desktop company to a global cloud product and platform company that offers household name services like QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint. Through his decade plus of transformative service, Smith retained and fostered the company’s core values and character that has placed it on “Best Places to Work” lists year after year. Learn more about his leadership lessons and what’s next for Brad D. Smith.


Brad and his wife Alys are both passionate about uplifting the place that Brad has always known as home: the state of West Virginia. It is what drove Brad to pursue his role at Marshall University and what inspired the couple to found their own nonprofit organization. In 2019 the Wing 2 Wing Foundation was created to advance the great equalizers of education and entrepreneurship in regions where individuals and communities have been overlooked and underserved. In doing so, they strive to champion human dignity and unleash human potential.

“Talent is dispersed equally, but opportunity is not,” Brad often says. 

Through the same compassionate leadership and passion for giving back, Brad and Alys seek to live by their favorite quote: “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

Explore The Wing 2 Wing Foundation here.

Recent Articles and News

Brad D. Smith on Leadership in the Modern Work Environment and His Recent Career Shift


Considering his notable tenure as a business leader in Silicon Valley, followers of Brad D. Smith’s professional career may have been surprised to see his path take a new direction in late 2021, leading him away from business and into academia. In January 2022, Brad was no longer just the former Intuit executive or the co-founder of a nonprofit. In addition to business and philanthropy, his professional pursuits were now taking him into the world of higher education, as the President of Marshall University.

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Brad D. Smith Recaps His 100-Day Listening Tour as Marshall University’s President


On January 1, 2022, Brad D. Smith stepped into a role distinct from the various experiences that had previously defined him as a business leader. Just recently the executive chairman of Intuit, a software company located in Silicon Valley, Brad pivoted to a new sector entirely: academia. Brad entered his new position as the President of Marshall University with the tenacity, humble leadership and strategic mind that has traditionally defined his career.

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Brad D. Smith on Wing 2 Wing’s Donation to Fairfield U


Through their nonprofit organization, the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys recently donated $60,000 to Fairfield U — a mentorship program for children and teens in the Fairfield neighborhood of Huntington. The donation will fund the program for the next two to three years, granting high school students exposure to a variety of professions and industries. In reference to the importance of the work the organization is doing, Brad supplied the following comment: “People need to see themselves in the next opportunity to believe it’s possible.”

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Brad D. Smith’s Perspective on Economic Developments in West Virginia


This year has already been an exciting one for economic development in West Virginia. In early January 2022, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced three pieces of significant economic news, marking what could be a turning point for the state’s economy and narrative.

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Brad D. Smith Encourages Marshall University Alumni to Pay it Forward


Since taking office as Marshall University’s President in January 2022, Brad D. Smith has constantly been looking for ways to give back to the Marshall community. In response, on May 13, 2022, the university announced an exciting new initiative titled “Community Cares Week: Giving Back to the Herd.” The program, currently scheduled to take place from June 20–24, encourages all members of the #MarshallUFamily to volunteer their efforts to help improve the campus. “I’m excited to welcome volunteers to return home to our beautiful campus, work side by side and leave the place better than we found it,” Brad said.

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Marshall University Honors Alys and Brad D. Smith and Others at Awards Banquet


Marshall University and the Marshall University Alumni Association (MUAA) honored many notable alumni at the 83rd Alumni Awards Banquet on April 9. Brad D. Smith was honored with the university’s Distinguished Alumnus award while, Alys Smith, was selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Service to Marshall University award. The Distinguished Alumnus award and the Distinguished Service to Marshall University award are two of the university’s highest honors.

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