Tom Smith Holds Endowed
Smith of the Hope College faculty holds the Dr. Leon A. Bosch '29
Professorship in Business Management.
The chair is designated for an outstanding member of the faculty
in the department of economics, management and accounting who has
a strong interest in management and organizational development.
It was established through the estate of Virginia French Bosch
in memory of her husband, Dr. Leon A. Bosch '29.
Dr. Leon Bosch, who died on Dec. 22, 2003, was a professor at
the Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University for
45 years, including 10 years as associate dean. He was on the college's
Board of Trustees for 20 years, and was instrumental in recruiting
Dr. Gordon J. Van Wylen as Hope's ninth president in the early
1970s. Virginia Bosch, who died on July 24, 2005, had been active
in community organizations and as a volunteer as the couple lived
in Illinois, California and Holland.
Smith, who has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1993, had
previously been promoted to full professor from associate professor
starting with the new school year. From 2001 through the spring
of 2005 he also served as coach of the women's golf team. During
Homecoming at Hope in the fall of 2005 the student body presented
him with the college's 10th annual "Favorite Faculty/Staff
His research interests include the strategic use of operations
management, and the incorporation of biblical principles in management
theory and practice. He has had articles in publications including
the "Journal of Operations Management," the "International
Journal of Production Research," the "Journal of Biblical
Integration in Business," "Christian Higher Education" and
the "Sporting News," and has an article forthcoming in
the "Christian Business Academy Review."
For the past few years he has also been working with Herman Miller
Inc., primarily facilitating workshops for their Leadership Development
Smith completed his Bachelor of Business Administration degree
at the University of Michigan in 1980, his Master of Business Administration
degree at the University of Iowa in 1983 and his doctorate in business
administration at the University of Michigan in 1994. Prior to
joining the Hope faculty he had held a variety of management positions
with Data General Corporation and had served as an internal manufacturing
consultant with both EDS Corporation and the Ford Motor Company.
He joined the Hope faculty as an assistant professor and was promoted
to associate professor in 1999.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the
college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member.
The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment
income used to support the work of the honored professor. In addition
to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide
funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.
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