“My education at the
University of Maryland gave me the tools and the motivation to
maximize whatever talents and abilities I had. …I want this
university to be excellent and lead the way in many areas with a
clear vision for the future.”
— Robert H. Smith
BS in Accounting ’50
You Can Help the Smith School Move Forward — Give to the Great Expectations Campaign!
The school’s reputation for research and teaching excellence, emphasizing globalization,
entrepreneurship and technology, has attracted business and government partners
to invest in Smith programs and people. But, for the Smith School to take the next
step—to move from excellence to greatness—additional financial resources will be
required. These resources will enable Smith to recruit and retain world-class faculty
who will advance business knowledge in the netcentric era, to provide a state-of-the-art
facility for 21st century business education and research, and to attract and support
a diverse student body who will become the next generation of global business leaders.
You can play a key role in Smith’s ascent to greatness. Your contribution to
the Great Expectations campaign can help the Smith School of Business achieve its
destiny as one of the world’s great business schools. You can give Smith School
faculty and students the ability to better our world.
Smith School Great Expectations Campaign Giving Priorities
Providing Students the Opportunities to Reach for the Stars
We must continue to attract the boldest and brightest young men and women of
each new generation. Scholarships allow the Smith School to compete for the best
students—and we are competing with the best schools. When students list what schools
they are considering along with Smith, the names are impressive: Wharton, Michigan,
There is also an urgent need for scholarships to support MBA, MS, and PhD students.
We must be able to offer competitive financial aid to attract and keep students
who want to attend Smith—and who we’d like to have—but who cannot turn down a greater
financial aid offer elsewhere.
Attracting and Retaining World-Class Faculty
Smith faculty are among the leading scholars in their fields and come from the
world’s premier research institutions. These men and women were recruited for excellence
in research and teaching and their ability to advance the school. They conduct cutting-edge
research in strategic business areas to create new management knowledge and identify
leading business practices. Through Smith’s Centers for Excellence, faculty experts
partner with national and global leaders to answer real world challenges facing
In order to move from research excellence to greatness, however, the Smith School
of Business must continue to recruit internationally recognized faculty and rising
stars by dedicating increased resources to endowed chairs and professorships. The
school must also encourage existing department capabilities by increasing funding
for faculty research and strengthening support systems for junior faculty.
Supporting Innovation to Change the World Around Us
The Smith School’s research activities span theory and application, producing
the visionary ideas and innovative techniques that are shaping business practice
in the 21st century. The Smith School created a unique resource for faculty and
student research in the Netcentric Research Laboratories. The netcentric labs—supply
chain management, financial markets, electronic markets, and behavioral—create an
integrated electronic teaching and research environment, with applications to e-commerce,
supply chain management, financial markets, auctions, and consumer research. The
first environment of its kind at any business school in the country, the netcentric
labs reflect Smith’s vision of converging technology applications across the various
functions of business.
SMITH RESEARCH CENTERS:
Creating the Most Advanced Learning Environment
Providing a superb research and teaching environment is a key measure of greatness
for a business school. The Smith School’s home, Van Munching Hall, is one of the
most advanced facilities in the world for management education and research. Van
Munching, dedicated in 1995, boasts wireless internet access throughout, data jacks
at each classroom seat, and video and audio conferencing capabilities in every classroom.
What Van Munching Hall needs, however, is more space to meet the growth demands
created by Smith’s program excellence.
Find out more about the University of Maryland’s Great Expectations Campaign