Dr. Tom Smythe
Associate Professor of Business Administration
201-M Hipp Hall
Phone: (864) 294-3312
Teaching Areas: Business Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, Investments
Research Areas: Mutual Funds, Corporate Governance
B.S., Furman University, 1985
M.B.A., George Mason University, 1993
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1999
Tom joined the Furman faculty in 2001 after teaching two years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After leaving Furman in 1985, he spent 4 years in the Army as an Engineer Officer, including tours of duty in Honduras and Costa Rica. After leaving the Army in 1989, Tom worked for what was Mobil Oil for almost 7 years in New York City and Fairfax, Virginia where he was a systems and business analyst.
Since finishing USC east, Tom has published numerous articles in both academic and practitioner journals, has been quoted or his work cited in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Consumer Reports, Money Magazine, CNN Money, the Chicago Tribune, and the Miami Herald. He is also a member of the Financial Management Association, the Southern Finance Association, and the Academy of Financial Services.
Tom has a wife, Melissa, and four children, Zachary, Meagan, Erica, and Sara Beth that keep him entertained and busy. He enjoys watching his kids play sports, reading, and doing home improvement projects. Tom is happy to take donations as he will have three children in college soon.