Michael P. Smith
Michael Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball
State in 1973 and his master of business administration degree from
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 1998. He retired as
executive director of Northwestern’s Media Management Center and chair of the
Kellogg MBA Media Management Program in 2012.
Smith spent more than 20 years as a journalist before joining
Northwestern in 1990. At The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he
was a reporter, copy editor, magazine editor, and assistant managing editor,
when his newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 1982. He was
deputy sports editor, executive news editor, and features editor for the Detroit
Free Press; supervised the 25/43 project at Boca Raton News; and
worked on the corporate staff of Knight Ridder Inc.
At Ball State, he has served as a member of the Alumni Council and
other Ball State Alumni Association boards, the Cardinal Varsity Club, and is
in the Fellows Society. In addition, he has served on the Drive to Distinction,
Ball State Bold, and Cardinal Commitment campaigns. Smith joined the Ball State
University Foundation board in 2007.
He currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.