DAR - Alumni / Giving

Donor Stories

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. 

Betty Cinquegrana

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.

Allen J. KroweIn 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 LongbrakeBill 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.


Bob HisaokaEntrepreneurs can appear effortless and glamorous, yet the realities of running a startup of full-blown company are certainly daunting - especially to current students. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship helps students as they navigate the startup experience, offering guidance, constructive feedback, and now, thanks to the generosity of two donors in particular, financial support.

The Kathryn Stewart Fellowship program was created this fall through a gift from its namesake. The program provides opportunities for undergraduates to work at a startup of VC as an intern over the summer. Rather than face the financial pressures often associated with no-pay or low-pay internships, Stewart Fellows receive a stipend that allows them to pursue their passions.

The Hisaoka Fellowship program was created by Robert Hisaoka to offer similar benefits primarily to MBA students with a passion for entrepreneurship. The fellowship fosters connections within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem by matching qualified students with startups and VCs for summer internships. In 2015, five students received Hisaoka fellowships with companies including Homesnap, LivingSocial and MPOWER Financial.

Academic Rankings

As of June 30, 2015

No. 5 Public Business School (Businessweek, 2014)

No. 9 PhD Program (Financial Times, 2014)

No. 11 Undergraduate Management Information Systems (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)

No. 15 Executive MBA Program, World (The Economist, 2015)

No. 22 Undergraduate Program (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)

No. 24 Full-Time MBA Program (Financial Times, 2015)

No. 26 Part-Time MBA Program (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)


Notable Rankings

No. 4 Faculty (The Economist, 2015)

No. 26 Research, World (Financial Times, 2015)

No. 6 Intellectual Capital, U.S. (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2015)

Quality education starts with a commitment to research. Like art, music and poetry, research is a creative pursuit that requires genius and discipline. The pursuit of new knowledge sets the tone for the whole Smith community.

Krowe Teaching Excellence Award Winners, 2014-2015

Joe Bailey, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies

Zhi-Long Chen, Decision, Operations and Information Technologies

David Kass, Finance

Sarah Kroncke, Finance

Rachelle Sampson, Logistics, Business and Public Policy

Nick Seybert, Accounting and Information Assurance

Subra Tangirala, Management and Organization

Smith School Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

2014-2015: Gilad Chen

2013-2014: Michel Wedel

2011-2012: Ritu Agarwal

2010-2011: Curt Grimm

2004-2005: Michael Fu

2002-2003: M. Susan Taylor

2000-2001: Bruce Golden

1998-1999: Saul Gass

1997-1998: Anil Gupta

1995-1996: Ken Smith

1994-1995: Maryam Alavi

1993-1994: Lee Preston

1989-1990: Kathryn Bartol

1984-1985: Samuel Kotz

1983-1984: Edwin A. Locke

1979-1980: Stephen Carroll

Academic Program Enrollment


(College Park and Shady Grove)

Enrollment 2894
Mean SAT Score 1345 (fall 2015 freshmen)
Mean high school GPA 4.12 (fall 2015 freshmen)
Women 1199 (40%)

Specialty Masters


Enrollment 154
Applicants 627
Women 72%


Enrollment 125
Applicants 1133
Average GMAT 709
Women 62%

Information Systems

Enrollment 98
Applicants 672
Average GMAT 667
Women 47%

Marketing Analytics

Enrollment 35
Applicants 396
Average GMAT 683
Women 51%

Supply Chain

Enrollment 40
Applicants 208
Average GMAT 631
Women 51%


Full-time MBA

Enrollment 190
Average GMAT 660
Average age 30
Women 36%

Part-time MBA

Enrollment 646
Average GMAT 585
Average age 30
Women 37%

Online MBA

Enrollment 101
Average work experience 9 years
Average age 32.5
Average salary $84,044
Women 30%

Executive MBA

Enrollment 69
Applicants 91
Average work experience 15 years
Average age 40.5
Women 45%


Enrollment 90
Average GMAT 722
Women 34%
Advanced to candidacy 15
Conference presentations 35
Dissertation proposals 12
“A” journal publications 6


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