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“Organizations, and the people who manage them, shape our world. Those who master their knowledge of management theory and practice increase their effectiveness as civic leaders and as leaders in their own chosen field. The MBA program enables me to teach about the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship in our business and civic communities, consistent with EMU’s core values of stewardship, ethics and service.”
Anthony E. Smith, PhD, teaches in the EMU Business and Economics Department and in the MBA program. He co-directed the EMU MBA program from January 2008 to June 2012, and helped develop the concentration in Nonprofit Entrepreneurial Management. Dr. Smith serves as founder-CEO of Secure Futures, LLC, a solar development company that developed the EMU solar project, Virginia’s first large solar photovoltaic system in 2010, and the W&L solar project in 2011. He previously directed the Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc., a nonprofit community development financial corporation he co-developed with support from the City of Staunton and civic and business leaders. He also previously served as the Managing Director of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, where he contributed to its financial and managerial turn-around. He has founded, co-founded and/or directed numerous small businesses and nonprofit organizations in community economic development, sustainable agriculture, energy management, and commodity futures trading in energy. Previously he served as National Program Leader for Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cooperative Research Education, and Extension Service. In 2014 his company, Secure Futures, received the Innovation award by the Maryland-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association for an innovation that has advanced the solar industry. In 2015 he was recognized by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council with the High Tech Entrepreneur Award.
BA, Haverford College (1971)
M. Arch., Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania (1975)
PhD, Wharton School of Management, Social Systems Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (1989)
In reverse chronological order:
- “Marketing information technology to the bottom of the pyramid market case study: the Aakash tablet” (2013). Peer reviewed article co-authored with Engle, M., Coburn, V., and Sharma, P., in International Journal of Technology Marketing, Vol. 8, No. 4, July, 2013, pp. 386-394.
- “Thought Leadership in Workplace Wellness: Shifting from operating efficiency to creating sustainable value” (2013). Peer reviewed article co-authored with Engle, M., Miller, A., and Miller, B.J., for the 2013 Sustainability Conference in Jaipur, India.
- “Compressing the business development cycle: applying stewardship design principles for commercial scale solar projects” (2012). Peer reviewed article co-authored with Mast, Elizabeth, in International Journal of Technology Marketing, Vol. 7, Number 3, July 2012, pp. 242-253.
- “Our Third Place: Three stages of fourth sector development” (2011). Peer reviewed article co-authored with King, Debra, and Myers, Richard in Positive Initiatives for Organizational Change and Transformation by Sardana, G. and Thatchenkery, T. (editors). Delhi, India: MacMillan. Pp. 183-198.
- “Stewardship Design Principles: Learning From Living Systems (Birds) To Codesign Fast-Forward Futures” (2010) in Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value Advances in Appreciative Inquiry . Thatchenkery, T. and Cooperrider, D. L. (eds.) London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Volume 3, 117–135.
- “Drucker on Shakespeare: Applying Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Enhance a Performing Arts Organization” (2010) in Leveraging Global Competitiveness for Organizational Excellence. Gupta, H. and Thatchenkery, T. (eds.). MacMillan: Institute of Management Education, Ghaziabad, India.
- “e-Conference on E-Communities: Online Search Conference to Develop and Archive an Emerging National Consensus on Entrepreneurial Communities” (2004). Peer reviewed article for the International Entrepreneurship Forum, 4th International Conference, September 22-24, 2004. Paris, France.
- “Building Community Wealth,” (2002) co-editor with Jane Schuchardt and Peter Schaeffer, peer reviewed summer issue of Southern Perspectives. Southern Rural Development Center. September 2002.
- “Enhancing Community Assets” (2002). Peer reviewed article for Southern Perspectives. Southern Rural Development Center. September 2002.
- “Community Learning: The West Virginia Stewardship Collaborative” (2000). Peer reviewed article in Educational Futures: Shifting Paradigm of Universities and Education, edited by Oguz N. Babüroglu, Merrelyn Emery, & Associates, Sabancı University, Turkey.
- “Welfare to Micro-Enterprise: A Community-based Approach to Sustainable Enterprise,” (2000). Peer reviewed article, Ch 27 in Small Town and Rural Economic Development: A Case Studies Approach, Schaeffer, Peter and Loveridge, Scott (eds), Greenwood (Praeger).
- “West Virginia Collaborative Integrates Stewardship into the School-to-Community Curriculum,” (1999). The Witness, Episcopal Church Publishing Company, April 1999.
- “Community Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Social Change Leadership,” (1994). Leadership Quarterly, Peer reviewed article for special issue on Leadership for Environmental and Social Change. Co-authored with John W. Selsky. Greenwich, CN: JAI Press. October 1994.
- “Composting Wastes Into Resources: A Rural/Urban Approach” (1993). Peer reviewed article co-authored with Cary Oshins. The Journal of Resource Management and Technology. Philadelphia, PA: National Center Chair for Resource Management and Technology, University of Pennsylvania. Vol 21, No. 2, June 1993.
- “Entrepreneurial Development of Organizational Communities: An Events-Focused Planning Approach” (1989). Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia.
- “Community/Utility Partnerships for Multi-Family Energy Conservation: Marketing, Financing, and Service Delivery Strategies” (1987). Electric Power Research Institute, Third National Conference on Demand-Side Management, Houston.
- “Leveraging Private Sector Investment for Multi-Family Energy Conservation: New Approaches to Corporate/Community Financing,” (1986). American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, National Conference Proceedings.
- “Solar Application Considerations for Housing in Depressed Communities,” (1976). International Solar Energy Society, Annual Conference Proceedings, Winnipeg, Canada.
In reverse chronological order:
- “Solar Financing for Municipalities: Providing Opportunities to Reduce Electricity Costs & Generate Resilient Local Economies” presented in a webinar hosted by the Municipal Sustainability Forum, October 9, 2014.
- “Financing options for campus scale solar energy projects” presented at VML Environmental Sustainability Conference, April 10, 2013 in Lexington, VA.
- “Developing and Operating Virginia’s Largest Solar PV Systems at EMU and W&L” at GMU Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN) statewide conference, Fairfax, VA, presented Feb 29, 2013, with Eldon Kurtz co-presenting.*“Leading with On-Campus Solar”, VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference, Richmond, VA, January 30, 2013.
- “The new skills and roles of facilities in developing campus-scale solar” presented at SRAPPA (Southeastern Association of Physical Plant Administrators) Annual Conference, Lexington, VA, October 14, 2012.
- “Developing Virginia’s Largest Solar PV Systems: Beating the Odds through Collaboration.” Environmental Sustainability Symposium. Virginia Military Institute. Lexington, VA. April 11, 2012.
- “Moving from Fossil-dom to Solar in VA” Environmental Sustainability Symposium. Virginia Military Institute. Lexington, VA. April 10, 2012.
- “Fast Forward Futures.” International Conference on Management Cases. BIMTECH University. Noidia, India. December 1-2, 2011.
- “Our Third Place.” International Conference on Management Cases. BIMTECH University. Noidia, India. December 1-2, 2011.
- “Virginia at the Crossroads: Developing Distributed Solar PV with Private Investment”. Virginia Governor’s Energy Conference. October 17, 2011.
- “Mission Impossible: Developing a Commercial Scale Solar Project in Virginia”. Conference on Powering the Valley: Sustainable Energy Ventures in Staunton & Beyond. May 5, 2011, Staunton, VA.
- “Mission Impossible: Developing Virginia’s Largest Solar PV Project.” Association of Young Professionals. February 16, 2011. Harrisonburg, VA.
- “Case Study on Developing Virginia’s Largest Solar Project at Eastern Mennonite University.” International Business Case Study Conference 2010. Institute of Management Education. December 2, 2010, Ghaziabad, India.
- “Drucker on Shakespeare: Applying Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Enhance a Performing Arts Organization.” International Business Case Study Conference 2010. Institute of Management Education, Ghaziabad, India. December 3, 2010, Ghaziabad, India.
- “e-Conference on E-Communities: Online Search Conference to Develop and Archive an Emerging National Consensus on Entrepreneurial Communities.” Presentation for the International Entrepreneurship Forum, 4th International Conference, OECD Leed Programme, University Of Essex and Paris Dauphine University, September 2005.
- “Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development” Presentation to USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES) Directors, Managers and National Program Leaders Meeting, December 2002.
- “New American Communities: On-Line Search Conference” National search conference co-sponsored by USDA/CSREES and the Southern Rural Development Center, involving over 200 national leaders and practitioners, and over 20 guest experts. December 4-13, 2002. See www.newamericancommunities.org
- “CDFI Led Entrepreneurial Development” Workshop presentation for the 2002 Economic Development Finance Service (EDFS) Annual Loan Fund Training Institute, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). October 17-22, 2002. Alexandria, VA.
- “Community-Led Entrepreneurial Development” Workshop presentation at the National Rural Development Planning Conference, August 2002. French Lick, IN.
- “Towards a Public/Private Collaboration to Support Rural Entrepreneurship” Presentation given as master of ceremonies and chief organizer for joint event with over 200 national participants, sponsored by USDA/CSREES and the National Rural Funders Collaborative, June 26, 2002. Washington DC.
- “Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies” Workshop organized for USDA National Meeting of Community Development Specialists. June 12-13, 2002. Washington DC.
- “From Festivals to Fundraising: Building Creative Economies” Workshop presentation for National Conference on the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development in Appalachia co-sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kenan Institute for the Arts, April 28-30, 2002. Asheville, NC.
- “Making Micro-Equity Work” Workshop presentation at Association for Enterprise Opportunity Annual Meeting, May 15-19, 2001, Oakland, CA. Co-presented with Ellen Golden, Coastal Enterprises Inc., and Margaret Barnette, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance.
- “Rural Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities for CDFI’s Serving Rural Areas” Workshop presentation at National Community Capital Association Annual Meeting, Nov 1-4, 2000, Philadelphia. Co-presented with Karen Jacobson, Appalachian By Design.
- “Beyond CRA: New Partnership Incentives for Community Investment” Presentation as master of ceremonies and chief organizer for Regional Training Conference for WV Banks sponsored by Lightstone CDC in partnership with FDIC, CDFI Fund, and WV Commission on Banking. The conference provided information to bankers on the Ban Enterprise Awards program of the CDFI Fund as a way to also earn CRA credits. Moorefield, VA. May 27, 1999.
- “Welfare to Micro-Enterprise: A Community-based Approach” Workshop presentation at Community Development Society Annual Meeting, July 25-28, 1999, Spokane, WA.
- “CDFI Life After Welfare Reform” Workshop presentation at National Community Capital Association Annual Meeting, Nov 4-7, 1999, Denver, CO. Co-presented with Margaret Bradley, The Reinvestment Fund.
- Member, Academy of Management.
- Member, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition.
- Steering Committee Member, VA Department of Environmental Quality, Small Solar Working Group.
- Member, Virginia Chapter of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA).
- Board member, Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance.