BB&T logoIn March 2010, the Robert H. Smith School of Business received $1.5 million from the BB&T Foundation to support business ethics and leadership programs. Awarded over a 10-year period, the gift will fund new curricula and the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership.

“We are grateful for BB&T’s ongoing generous support and we’re excited to continue our strong partnership,” said G. “Anand” Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “Since the unraveling of the nation’s financial system, we’ve really come to recognize the need for better leadership education for current and future business leaders. This generation needs to understand the origins of our capitalist system from a historical and moral context in order to make good decisions that take all stakeholders into account.”

The BB&T gift is instrumental in supporting Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change activities, with a mission to advance individual, team and organizational effectiveness. The center focuses on fostering synergies among research, education and practice to generate new knowledge about leadership, innovation and effective change in organizations. To meet these goals, the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public for a spring lecture series. The center also uses the BB&T gift to create undergraduate, MBA and executive education curricula that focus on the logic and morality of capitalism.

BB&T has been a strong supporter of the Smith School for nearly 15 years, investing in student scholarships, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and academic program initiatives such as the Undergraduate Fellows Program.

Organizations looking for an opportunity to share an affiliation with a dynamic educational institution need look no further than the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

For more information on sponsorship activities with CLIC, please contact the center co-directors at CLIC@rhsmith.umd.edu.