Stith elected to Aflac Inc. board of directors

Melvin T. Stith, dean of Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has been appointed to the board of directors at Aflac Inc. Aflac, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbus, Ga., provides insurance products to more than 50 million people worldwide. Stith’s term began May 7.

stith“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Stith to the Aflac Inc. board,” says Aflac Chairman and CEO Daniel P. Amos. “Dr. Stith brings a wealth of leadership skills, management experience and financial acumen to our board and we look forward to his many contributions.”

Stith currently serves as director of the board for the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society; trustee of the Synovus Financial Corp.'s Leadership Institute and director of the Synovus Member Audit Committee; director and past chairman of the board of PHT Services Ltd.; founding director and vice chair of the grant making committee of the Jim Moran Foundation; director of the board for Flowers Food Corp. (as well as sitting on the corporation's compliance and governor's committee); and director of the Pathways Commission. In Syracuse, he is director of the Everson Museum of Art and Crouse Hospital boards, vice president of the Crouse Hospital Foundation and a member of the advisory board of Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the local professional theater, Syracuse Stage.

His previous corporate board experiences include serving as director for GMAC, the Florida Endowment Fund, JM Family Enterprises Youth Automotive Training Center, Tallahassee State Bank, Correctional Services Corp., Corporate and Estate Analysis Inc., Keebler Foods Co., Sprint/United Telephone Florida and Rexall Sundown Inc.

Stith returned to his alma mater, SU, in January 2005 to become the Martin J. Whitman School of Management's 16th dean. From 1991-2004, he was dean and the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at The Florida State University, where he previously was associate professor and chair of the marketing department. In addition, he was a visiting professor in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University from 1982-1985, and associate dean and assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of South Florida from 1977-1982.