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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 relationships 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.

Nominations for the Alumni Chapter Board are now open!  If you are looking for a way to get more involved and give back to the Smith School, please fill out a nomination form.  Self-nominations will be accepted.  You are also encourage to nominate a friend or colleague who would be an asset to the board.

 

2013-2014 Alumni Chapter Board

Melissa Davis, MBA '06

 

Etim Edim, MBA '05 

 

 

Clarence "CJ" Grant, MBA '05
Co-Chair

 

Eric Grant, MBA '07

 

Brittany Hargest '08

 

Stacey Lacer '06

 

Lin "Liam" Li, MS '12

 

John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07

 

Brian Meenaghan '05
Chair

 

Robin Meister '03

 

Todd Poling, MBA '06

 

Jennifer Reynolds, EMBA '11

 

Alison Taylor '09

 

Mark Weinstein '05
Immediate Past Chair

 

Ways to Get Involved

Stay connected to the Robert H. Smith School of Business and keep your degree working for you throughout your career. With more than 57,000 Smith School alumni in every corner of the world, our alumni relations team can help you grow and enhance your network. You can stay involved through alumni clubs, online networking, class notes, and school-sponsored events. Your Smith network is with you, whenever you need it.

Communications

Engagement Opportunities

Events

  • Admitted Student Weekend
  • Diversity at Smith & Project LEAD
  • Women Leading Women
  • MBA Second Year Send-Off
  • MBA Alumni Reception
  • ‘My Life in New York’
  • Spirit of Smith Senior/Alumni Cruise
  • Alumni/Student Club Networking Events
  • CEO@Smith Speaker Series
  • Regional Club Programs

Executive Education

For more information, contact Rosetta Clay, director of alumni programs, at alumni@rhsmith.umd.edu.

About Us

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations furthers the vision of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland by:

  • Engaging alumni, families, friends, corporations and foundations in the life of the Smith School,
  • Nurturing lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships throughout the Smith community,
  • Building and supporting an active, connected and dynamic Smith School community, and
  • Promoting a vibrant culture of philanthropy and securing financial resources.

Our work supports the needs of our outstanding alumni and students, and fuels the future success of our world class business school, respected faculty, and centers of excellence.

Alumni

Smith Commencement - May 2013

Smith School alumni: Committed. Connected. Supportive.

At the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, we are endowed with extraordinary alumni committed to improving the value we add to our students, faculty, graduates and corporate partners.

With 57,000 alumni, our network of support is global.

And with 30,000 alumni living in the Washington, D.C., metroplex that includes Maryland and North Virginia, we connect students and graduates to the largest alumni network in the region.

Those connections can open to the door to internships, jobs, prospective clients, business and peer relationships, new markets and new ideas.

Our graduates are high achievers. Notable alumni include:

  • Robert H. Smith ’50, University of Maryland’s single greatest benefactor.
  • Leo Van Munching '50, former CEO of Heineken, North America.
  • Ed Snider '55, chairman of Comcast-Spectator and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • William Mayer ’66, MBA ’67 , chair of Park Avenue Equity Partners and former CEO of First Boston Corporation, now Credit Suisse.
  • Michael J. Ward '72, chairman, president and CEO of CSX Corporation.
  • Carly Fiorina, MBA '80, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
  • Rob McGovern '83, founder of CareerBuilder.com.
  • Beatriz Perez '91, chief sustainability officer at Coca-Cola.
  • Kevin Plank '96, founder and CEO of Under Armour.

Alumni who are committed, connected and supportive are critical to the work of the Smith School in providing inspired business education and propelling our students and graduates to exceptional careers.

Find out more about the Smith alumni network.

FAQs

The following questions are among those most commonly asked by prospective donors to the Smith School. For more information, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please email or call one of our development staff.

Do I have different options in making a gift to the Smith School?

 You may choose the type of asset (cash or non-cash) to contribute, the giving method (direct or planned), and the initiative you would like to support (a fund, program, scholarship, department, and so on).

May I pledge a gift and spread it out over a period of time?

Pledges to the Smith School Annual Fund must be paid by June 30th of the fiscal year in which the gift was made.  Gifts for other purposes in excess of $5,000 can be paid in a maximum of five years.

How can I give online?

Gifts to the Smith School Annual Fund may be made on line quickly and securely.  Contact person for gifts other than online gifts: Jessica Davies at 301-405-9460

How should I make my gift to Smith School?

Credit card gifts can be made online or by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 301-405-9456.

Checks should be made out to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, with a notation that the gift is designated to the Smith School of Business.

You can make your credit card gift online or by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 301-405-7869. We accept all forms of credit cards.

Is my gift tax deductible?

All gifts to the Robert H. Smith School of Business are tax deductible.

The University of Maryland is a state institution and receives public funding. Does my tax money and tuition cover your costs?

Over the last three decades, national and state funding for higher education has decreased steadily. Currently, support from the state of Maryland provides less than 26 percent of the university’s annual operating budget. Like most large public universities (i.e., Michigan and Ohio State) alumni and friends are committing a significant portion of the school’s operating budget through philanthropic gifts.

I was an MBA at the Smith School. How can I financially support the Smith School as an alumnus?

Alumni of the Smith School are comprised of both undergrads and graduate students. Every alumnus plays a critical role in our future success and the value of their degree.   We ask all alumni to support the Smith School Annual Fund and whatever additional area of interest he or she may have such as scholarships, faculty enrichment opportunities or academic program growth.

May I make a gift to recognize or memorialize someone?

Yes, you may make your gift in recognition of a special loved one, friend, or colleague, or to memorialize someone who is deceased.

How can I make a gift that will last forever as a tribute to someone?

You may endow your gift so that it lives in perpetuity. The gift's principal will be invested soundly and a percentage of the income generated will be designated as you wish.

May I make a gift through my estate or will?

There are numerous ways to use your estate as a means to take care of loved ones after you're gone, while realizing your philanthropic goals. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is happy to work with you, your attorney, and financial advisors regarding these opportunities.

Are there other tax breaks or income-producing opportunities for me through my gift?

There are various ways of structuring your gift whereby you will be provided with a stream of income in addition to a tax break. Please contact your finance or tax professional directly, please e-mail or call one of our development staff.

 

THANK YOU! It’s largely because of generous alumni and friends like you that the Smith School can recruit and retain the world’s leading faculty experts, provide scholarships and a first-tier business education to talented students, and graduate the next generation of business leaders who serve their organizations and communities.

 

Planned Giving

Make a Difference for the Future

Did you know there are creative ways to support the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and your loved ones at the same time?  Planned giving is a process of considering what and when to give, as well as how to structure charitable gifts to meet personal financial goals.

Through planned giving, it is possible to:

  1. Make gifts to Maryland larger than you can afford through immediate outright contributions
  2. Retain control and use of assets you plan to donate later
  3. Receive lifetime income for yourself and your family
  4. Reduce income taxes, gift taxes or estate taxes.

To leave the Smith School in your will, click here for bequest language.

To learn more about planned giving opportunities, please contact John McKee at 301-405-0320.

Smith School Annual Fund

 

Give Now!

A smart investment in inspired business education

Philanthropic donors, like any investors, want to know their investment will produce a healthy return.

At the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, a contribution to the annual fund is a smart investment that will help ensure continued growth and excellence at one of the world's premier business schools.

A recognized leader in management education and research, the Smith School provides a rich mix of innovative programs for students, employers, alumni, business, government and nonprofits.

An unrestricted gift to the annual fund supports the school's greatest areas of need, including:

  • Entrepreneurial programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Sending students and faculty to workshops and symposia to present their work.
  • Supporting our Social Enterprise Symposium and Smith School Business Summit.
  • Enhancing The Smith Experience -- experiential learning projects that add real-world savvy to our academically rigorous MBA curriculum.

Your contribution to the annual fund at the Smith School will add critical value to an exceptional and inspired academic experience that has been ranked among the top one percent of the world's business schools.

To learn more about supporting the Smith School, please contact our Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

The Smith School

Inspired to learn. Determined to succeed.

Supporting Smith

Make a Gift!

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business depends on support from alumni and friends to provide students with an exceptional education in business management. The Smith School’s recently completed Great Expectations Campaign raised more than $100 million and allowed us to enhance the experience of our students by creating new and improved facilities, enhancing the financial aid package and bolstering faculty support. The Smith community gratefully thanks those who invested in the future of the Smith School!

As we look to a future fundraising initiative some common themes emerge:

  • Growing the Smith School Annual Fund
  • Providing enhanced learning opportunities for our students
  • Increasing the number of scholarships available, particularly for our MBA and graduate students
  • Offering stronger levels of compensation to recruit and retain our talented faculty
  • Supporting our currently established academic centers to the fullest degree possible

If these or any other area of philanthropic need is of interest to you, please click here to explore how to make a gift or contact the development office at 301-405-7869.

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is tasked with managing all alumni and donor outreach.

With 57,000 alumni, our network of support is global.

And with 30,000 alumni living in the Washington, D.C., metroplex that includes Maryland and North Virginia, we connect students and graduates to the largest alumni network in the region.

Those connections can open to the door to internships, jobs, prospective clients, business and peer relationships, new markets and new ideas.

 

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