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Big 10 Business Schools

Comparison of full-time MBA programs (Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S News & World Report are U.S. rankings; Financial Times is global).





Northwestern (Kellogg)




Michigan (Ross)




Indiana (Kelley)




Maryland (Smith)




Ohio State (Fisher)








Minnesota (Carlson)




Michigan State (Broad)




Penn State (Smeal)








Purdue (Krannert)




Iowa (Tippie)












Other key rankings:

2 Student satisfaction (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Student satisfaction (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Career services (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Teachers (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012)

4 Online MBA, U.S. (Poets & Quants)

11 PhD program, world (Financial Times, 2014)

18 Undergraduate program, U.S. (2014 U.S. News & Report, 2013)

22 Part-time MBA program, U.S. (2015 U.S. News & Report, 2014)

Full list of rankings.

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

Big Year for New Big Ten School

Big Ten membership will bring a new level of athletic competition for the University of Maryland. The conference realignment also means new opportunities to collaborate and compete in academics. The Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomes the challenge and has kept busy in recent months preparing for an exciting era of growth. Here are 10 big headlines from the new Big Ten school, covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. 

1. New dean: Finance Professor Alex Triantis becomes the school’s eighth dean on Sept. 1, 2013.

2. Marketing analytics: Smith adds a fifth Master of Science specialization in fall 2013.

3. Distance learning: The school launches an Online MBA in January 2014, which soon earns a No. 4 ranking in the United States from Poets & Quants.

4. Research prowess: Smith ranks No. 6 worldwide in research rankings updated April 3, 2014, from the University of Texas at Dallas.

5. Top programs: Undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. programs all earn top 25 rankings from major publications.

6. Major client: U.S. Customs and Border Protection brings its Leadership Institute to Smith under a $7.2 million, five-year agreement.

7. Center of Excellence: Smith partners with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to create the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation and Crime (C-BERC).

8. G.I. concierge: The school adds a dedicated staff member to help military students.

9. Application spike: Recruiters generate a 30 percent increase in MBA applications for fall 2014.

10. Women’s empowerment: Smith becomes one of six new schools to join the Forté Foundation, an alliance for women in the workplace.

Download PDF of the 2014 annual report.

Women Leading Women

March 23, 2015, 6 - 9 p.m.
Frank Auditorium, Van Munching Hall
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland, College Park 20742

Highlights: Andrea Brody ’87 Headlines 4th Annual Women Leading Women Event
Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. That’s why the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosts Women Leading Women, celebrating an inspirational female trailblazer in the business world. Now in its fourth year, Women Leading Women is an event for, by and about women, and presents opportunities to discover common ground and make lasting connections. This year’s honoree was Andrea Brody ’87, senior vice president of global marketing at BravoSolution.

Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. Women Leading Women is an event for, by and about women, and presents opportunities to discover common ground and make lasting connections. 

A Conversation With...

Andrea Brody

Andrea Brody ’87
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for BravoSolution

Each year, Women Leading Women showcases an inspiring trailblazer in business. This year’s honoree is marketing and sales executive Andrea Brody.

Andrea Brody recently joined BravoSolution as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing.  She has over 25 years marketing experience working for small and large national and  global  high-tech companies. Prior to joining BravoSolution, she worked for OpenText GXS, MERANT, GE Information Services and Cybercash.  She has a proven track record for delivering results in marketing, sales, strategic planning, product management and business development.  Her passion is to build brands through the hearts and the minds of customers and drive revenue through trusted customer relationships.  She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park and a M.S. in Information Systems from American University, Washington DC.

Women Leading Women is presented by the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. This is a complimentary, women-only event.

Clone of Alumni Board

Alumni Event

The Smith Alumni Chapter Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in the areas of programming and marketing to the alumni. The mission of the Alumni Chapter Board is to support the vision of the Smith School of Business by creating a vibrant alumni experience and fostering lifelong relationships between the school and alumni community.

The Alumni Chapter Board will support the Smith School in achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationshops to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.

The Alumni Chapter Board members are alumni from the undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA, MS and PhD programs.  In addition, the board also consists of student representatives from each program.  The experience and feedback from alumni are key to the success of the Smith School.


2013-2014 Alumni Chapter Board

Melissa Davis, MBA '06


Etim Edim, MBA '05 



Clarence "CJ" Grant, MBA '05


Eric Grant, MBA '07


Brittany Hargest '08


Stacey Lacer '06


Lin "Liam" Li, MS '12


John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07


Brian Meenaghan '05


Robin Meister '03


Todd Poling, MBA '06


Jennifer Reynolds, EMBA '11


Alison Taylor '09


Mark Weinstein '05
Immediate Past Chair



Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Past Events

Terps Gamewatch
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Terps in the Community
Saturday, January 13, 2013
PhilabundanceFieldhouse Philly

Finding Your Ethical North with Dr. Gerald Suarez
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Smith Philly Alumni Club Launch
October 24, 2012
Xfinty Live! Complex
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Beer Tasting
February 12, 2012
Yards Brewing Company

Community Service Project
January 1, 2012
Community Service Project
Philabundance (a non-profit food bank)

Eagles Gamewatch
December 1, 2011
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

Happy Hour
September 7, 2011
The Triumph Brewing Company

Club Leaders

Matt Bridge ’03

Drew Holzapfel, MBA ’06

Dave Charton '02
Marketing Chair

Laura Hamilton '11
Membership Chair

John Savoy '09
Programming Chair

About Us

What is the Smith Philly Alumni Club?

  • A volunteer board that is committed to promoting Smith’s values and camaraderie through service and action.
  • The club hosts a variety of events to include social events, networking events and professional and career development events.
  • The Smith Philly Alumni Club meets once a month and all members of the leadership team work on individual committees that focus on specific initiatives, such as engaging our alumni and our entire student body (undergraduate and graduate).

Club Goals

The Smith Philly Alumni Club is structured to connect alumni to the Smith School, to each other and the business community; to provide valued services to alumni, and to support the University and Smith School’s mission.

  • GOAL 1: Service and connection to alumni (and students)
  • GOAL 2: Educational and career opportunities
  • GOAL 3: Outreach to alumni and corporate communities
  • GOAL 4: Engagement opportunities with school and university
  • GOAL 5: Strengthen Smith School’s brand and create awareness within the region and globally

Quick Facts

  • Over 49,000 Smith School alumni worldwide
    • MBA | MS alumni: 8,500+
    • PhD alumni: 350+
    • Undergraduate alumni: 41,000+
  • There are over 4,000 Smith alumni in the Philly region
  • Regional clubs in New York, Baltimore & Philadelphia

Contact Us

For all inquiries, send an e-mail to SmithPhilly@rhsmith.umd.edu, and we will be sure to get back to you within 48 hours. 


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