Baltimore business school dean resigns

The dean of the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore has resigned effective Aug. 1, a school spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Darlene Brannigan Smith, who earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UB, joined the school as an associate dean in 2005 and became a marketing professor there in 2006, according to her curriculum vitae. She was named dean of the school in 2008.

It's unclear why Smith, 57, resigned. Peter Toran, vice president for planning and external affairs at the university, said the school could not comment on personnel matters.

"The dean resigned, and we notified the community of that, and that's really all we can say," Toran said.

In an email to faculty announcing her decision, Smith said it was not an easy choice "but one that [she] felt necessary" for herself and Merrick.

"I am proud of what we have achieved together," she wrote. "Your personal support and commitment to the Merrick School has made my experience as dean so rewarding. Thank you for the opportunity to have led this great school."

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