Dean Stith Named Inaugural Recipient of Multicultural Mentoring Award of Excellence by American Marketing Association Foundation


Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, has been named the inaugural Williams-Qualls-Spratlen Multicultural Mentoring Award of Excellence (WQS Award) recipient by the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF). The award ceremony will take place August 13 in Boston, Mass., during the PhD Project Dinner.

The WQS Award recognizes marketing scholars and career mentors of multicultural students and junior colleagues. The AMAF prioritizes mentorship as one of the most important determinants of a successful career in marketing.

Stith holds an MBA and PhD in marketing from the Whitman School and earned a bachelor’s degree at Norfolk State in 1968. He is the 16th dean of the Whitman School and was previously the dean and the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Florida State University.

A native of Jarratt, Va., Stith is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command from 1968-71 and achieved the rank of captain during his military tenure.

He is married to Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith, a 1968 Norfolk State University alumna, who is currently the assistant provost for equity and inclusion and associate dean of the Graduate School at SU. They are the proud parents of three children, Melvin Jr., Lori, and William Stith.