Howard Frank, Former Smith School Dean, Dies

Frank was dean of the Smith School for over a decade and held leadership roles at AACSB.

Howard Frank, who served as dean at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business from 1997 to 2008, died on May 1, 2017, at age 75. Frank came to the Smith School after serving as director of the Information Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Before that, Frank, who held master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, served as a senior fellow and adjunct professor of decision sciences at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and as an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California.

In his business career, he founded and led two companies, including Network Management Inc. and Network Analysis Corporation, and served as CEO of the information systems division of Contel Corp. As dean at the Smith School, Frank led a curricular redesign in which studies in technology, entrepreneurship and globalization were integrated into core business disciplines. He also doubled the size of the faculty, instituted provisions for summer research support for professors, increased doctoral student support, and launched the Undergraduate Fellows program.

Over the course of his career, Frank took on several leadership roles in the business education industry, including president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Business Schools and member of the board of directors for AACSB International. Within AACSB, he worked on task forces such as the Doctoral Faculty Commission and the Management Education Task Force. After stepping down as dean, Frank continued on as a member of Smith’s faculty. He is survived by Jane, his wife of 52 years; children David, Laura, and Erica; and four grandchildren.