Boise State University will present a Silver Medallion to alumnus Kirk Smith at the 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in Taco Bell Arena. The Silver Medallion is Boise State’s highest recognition of service to the university. The ceremony is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
A total of 1,574 students are eligible to earn 1,712 degrees and certificates at this year’s ceremony, which recognizes students who have completed degree requirements since May 2011. A total of 207 graduates are eligible for honors — 132 cum laude, 63 magna cum laude and 12 summa cum laude. Emily Walton, an English major with a linguistics emphasis, is the student speaker.
Smith is a 1978 accountancy graduate of Boise State and founder of SSI Foods, comprising 16 Wendy’s restaurant franchises. He quickly expanded his operations into agribusiness and food processing. Under his leadership, SSI Foods became a leading supplier of value–added, processed precooked, frozen and fresh food products to many of the leading quick service and casual dining restaurant chains in the country.
In 1998, Smith started S&S Foods of Los Angeles, a joint venture partnership with J. R. Simplot Company. In 2003 he merged his two companies with partners from Texas to form CTI Foods. Smith was president and CEO of this company until his recent retirement; he remains a member of the board of directors.
In 2010, Smith received the Boise State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his industry leadership. He is a past member of the College of Business and Economics Advisory Committee, has served as the community representative on two College of Business and Economics (COBE) dean search committees, served on the Boise State Foundation board and served as a member of the Destination Distinction Campaign steering committee.
Smith also has given generously to Boise State. Together with his wife, Marsha, he funded a marketing professorship and was an early donor to the recently opened Micron Business and Economics Building, where a 60-seat case room is named for the couple. His most recent commitment to Boise State will support COBE students.