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The Marshall University College of Business Advisory Board recently voted to induct four business leaders into its Hall of Fame.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees — John C. Burris, Ben W. Hale Jr., Brent Marsteller and James C. Smith — will be inducted during a May 5 ceremony at MU Foundation Hall.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize the achievements of these inductees,” said Haiyang Chen, dean of the College of Business. “Each and every one of them has risen to the top of his profession and sets a great example for our students.”

The first inductees were recognized 20 years ago, and the 2014 round of inductees brings the total number of honorees to 94.

Burris graduated from Wahama High School in 1973 and earned a full scholarship to the Duke University music program but instead chose Marshall’s academic scholarship to study business administration. He graduated summa cum laude in 1977. Burris entered the management trainee program with AT&T and Lucent Technologies after he graduated, then in 1991 became managing director/vice president-Europe for the AT&T Business Products joint venture in London. He was later sent to Sydney, Australia and then Hong Kong as managing director/VP for Asia Pacific and engineered the entire infrastructure of the organization. He returned to the United States in 1994 as the VP and General Manager of the Gulf States Area, settling in Fort Lauderdale. Burris joined Citrix Systems in 1999 and stayed for 10 years, during which time the company was recognized by Forbes as one of the 25 fastest-growing technology companies in the United States, rising to No. 11. Burris joined Sourcefire Inc. in 2008 as its CEO. He died Oct. 19, 2012 at his home.

Hale graduated at the top of his class in 1967 and was active at Marshall in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity along with playing football and running track. Hale attended law school at The Ohio State University and graduated cum laude in 1970 then went to work for the law firm of Smith and Tobin, which now is Smith & Hale LLC. Hale’s law practice has specialized in the area of real estate development. Hale was a founding member and the first chairman of Creative Housing Inc., a nonprofit corporation set up to provide community housing alternatives for individuals who have mental and developmental disabilities. He also served on the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities Board, twice serving as its chairman.

Hale helped bring Pullman Square to Huntington, a development he says he is most proud of. He also is a member of the Yeager Board of Directors.

Marsteller is president and chief executive officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc.

He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity during his time at Marshall. He graduated in 1970 then earned his master’s degree in hospital administration. Marsteller first went to work as assistant administrator at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg. Throughout his career, Marsteller worked at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, Martin’s Ferry Hospital, East Ohio Regional Hospital and three other hospitals in Florida. He returned to West Virginia with a position at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley before returning to Huntington. Construction of the $30 million Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and $85 million North Patient Tower has taken place during Marsteller’s tenure. He has served on the MU Board of Governors, is past chairman of the West Virginia Hospital Association, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is immediate past chairman of the Huntington Area Development Council. He serves on several other boards for various organizations.

Smith attended Marshall on a football scholarship, graduating in 1981. He is president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, a news, information and technology company of 60,000 people in 140 countries. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the board of directors of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.

He was active in the football program at MU even after knee injuries cut his playing time short. He served as a student assistant on the coaching staff and was active in the university’s honors program along with other student affairs.

Smith became managing editor of the Charleston Daily Mail when it was acquired by Thomson Newspapers in 1987. When Thomson’s newspaper business was divested in 2000, Smith moved to the professional publishing part of the company where he was responsible for several businesses that served the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He ran the professional division of the newly combined company when The Thomson Corporation acquired Reuters in 2008 and was selected its chief executive in January 2012. These days Smith often travels to other countries and divides his time among offices throughout the U.S.