Smith School History
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From Humble Beginnings ... 1921 to 1960
business school's mission statement, published in the 1924-25 course
catalog, reveals its lofty ambitions: "The chief aim...is to produce
thinkers rather than routine workers, executives rather than subordinates."
Working toward that goal, the college will evolve its curriculum, more than
quadruple in size, and change its name twice in ten years. 1921 The
University of Maryland's Department of Economics/Business Administration
offers its first formal business curriculum. In its first year, 394 students
enroll and take required courses such as diplomacy, constitutional law,
public speaking and ROTC. By 1925 there are 46 faculty members.
Down to Business ... 1961 to 1972
This era of relative stability sees little change in the school's
organizational structure - or its name. But seeds for the future are being
laid, as the school receives its first major research grant, inaugurates its
doctoral program and starts taking advantage of new technology.
Accomplishments ... 1973 to 1991
The school undergoes another name change and Dean Rudy Lamone, with a
knack for raising money from his little red card box of alumni names,
embarks on an ambitious program to bring the school into the intellectual
The World at our Fingertips ... 1991 to 1996
a solid academic reputation, a new home - Van Munching Hall - and increasing
respect from the business community, the College of Business Management is
poised to take its place on the international stage as a leader in research
and a producer of quality graduates. And the name changes. Again.
Ascent to the Top - The Move to Excellence ...
The b-school becomes the Robert H.
Smith School of Business and a remarkable transformation is underway.
The Smith School is educating men and women to become agents of positive
change in the world... to broaden their horizons, exposing them to new
business practices, different cultures and new ways of thinking.