Financial contributions and volunteer efforts give the Smith School what it needs to positively impact students, faculty, alumni and the community at large. These three fearless donors are an important part of the much larger Smith network of generous individuals who contributed greatly to our success last year.
These are just three of the people who helped contribute to our success.
When the Smith School pledged to close its MBA gender enrollment gap within five years, Betty Cinquegrana responded with a pledge of her own. She stepped forward to support the 50/50 by 2020 initiative with a scholarship for students interested in women’s issues. The award, made in honor of her late husband, Paul J. Cinquegrana ’63, will help recipients cope with the typical challenges that come with juggling multiple roles. Instead of fretting about finances, these students can focus on maximizing their Smith experience. Betty’s contribution, through a scholarship in her name, is an especially admirable one, as she is not an alumna and makes it on the basis of respect for and admiration of the Smith School and its values and message.
In 1985 Allen J. Krowe ’54 made the first gift of its kind at the university: a gift to the Smith School to support teaching excellence. As a result of his student experience, he believed strongly that the best teachers would inspire lifelong learning and provide students an intellectual framework to help them in all future endeavors. Krowe continues to give to the Allen J. Krowe Awards for Teaching Excellence, a fund which has recognized more than 150 professors since its inception almost 30 years ago. He has truly made a difference at the Smith School and has undoubtedly inspired students and faculty alike with his legacy.
Bill Longbrake, PhD ’76, has come full circle at the Smith School. During his doctoral program in the early 1970s, he taught finance and introductory business courses to undergraduate students in College Park, Md. Then, after a full career that included senior leadership positions in banking and public policy, he returned to Smith as a student adviser and Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Financial Policy. He also serves on the school’s Board of Advisors and continues to make an annual contribution to the Smith School.