Milton Matthews Speaks at Winter Commencement Ceremony
Congratulations Smith School Graduates!
Comcast Center was full of good cheer as the University of Maryland's Robert
H. Smith School of Business celebrated the commencement of 175 undergraduates,
187 MBA and MS students, 36 EMBA students, and 1 PhD student on Dec. 22, 2011.
Milton T. Matthews ‘68, the retired vice president of sales and CCO of The
Hershey Company gave the main commencement address. The undergraduate and MBA
student speakers were Jennifer Lee and LaKisha Greenwade, respectively. Smith
School undergraduate Kevin Matuszak, a double accounting and finance major,
student speech at the main campus convocation ceremony on Dec. 21.
Matthews took graduates through what it means to be TERPS, saying, "You are
special!" There are a lot of lions, tigers and bears, but there is only one Terp.
He asked graduates what being TERPS meant to them and gave his words for each
T "Does it
mean tenacious, talent, teamwork, or transition? To me it means
Matthews. He said to take the 24 hours that we each have every day and put it
into your life clock as one big clock with two 12 hour cycles: for the
undergrads it's 7 a.m, for MBAs, 9 a.m. and for the EMBAs and PHDs, it's noon.
"Don't waste time! Be productive and make a difference."
enthusiasm, entertainment, entrepreneurship, education, or experiences?" asked
Matthews. "My word is Ethics
- positive substantial lasting impact critical to your life will form your
R "My R word
Respect is earned and it's not bought," said Matthews. "It takes years to build
but only seconds to lose. Respect is the foundation of your reputation." He urged
graduates to think about five people on their "All Respect Team" -- parents,
friends, teachers, and mentors. He said that for him, his top was his coach at
UMD who took a skinny kid from NJ in and nurtured him and taught him self
respect and punctuality.
P - "Passion
- one person with passion is equal to 40 who are merely interesting," said
Matthews. "If you find you something that you passionately love, you will never
work a day in your life." He acknowledged other prominent and passionate Smith
alumni and former commencement speakers: founder of Under Armour Kevin Plank,
and two others who were present in the audience: Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo
Americas Beverages, and Gary Williams, former Maryland Men's basketball coach.
S - "Social
Responsibility," he said. "Give back and help solve social needs
or problems. Share your talents and your treasures - volunteer. The social
responsibly part of your time clock never ends - and will go on beyond you -
like Robert H. Smith, and like Milton H. Hershey."
Matthews joined Hershey Foods as a Sales Representative in 1972. In 1977, he
was promoted to Manager, Sales Planning and, in 1981, to Director, Sales
Development. He was named Vice President-Sales, Hershey Chocolate USA in 1989
and in 2002 was named Vice President, Chief Customer Officer. He is credited by
Hershey’s CEO as having “built and nurtured a premier confectionery organization
that's clearly respected throughout the food industry."
Matthews served five years in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the
rank of Captain. He served in Vietnam as an attack helicopter pilot and was
highly decorated. His service awards include 31 Air Medals.
While a student at Maryland, Matthews earned nine varsity letters and set
numerous track and cross country records, including an individual ACC
championship in the 1,000 yard run.
Matthews has given of his time and talents serving as co-chairman of both the
Smith School's Advisory Board and the Great Expectations capital campaign.
Throughout his career he has received many prestigious industry honors from
such organizations as the National Candy Wholesalers Association, the AWMA Hall
of Fame, NCSA Candy Hall of Fame, National Association of Tobacco Distributors,
and the National Confectionary Association, among others.
Matthews and his wife Becky have endowed two scholarships at the University
of Maryland, one to the Smith School and one to the men’s track team, in
addition to a scholarship at Lakewood High School in New Jersey. They have two
grown sons and two granddaughters, and divide their time between homes in Cape
May, NJ, and Delray Beach, FL.
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Alissa Arford, Office of Marketing Communications