Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Vice Dean
Dear EMBA Alumni,
It has been a most wonderful month for the Smith EMBA since our
last newsletter. We welcomed 40 outstanding executives to our 11th
cohort on Jan. 17, 2011; Shelbi Brookshire, our EMBA super-recruiter
and "first face of the program" for so many of you, gave birth to
her first child, Wallace Brookshire Simon, on Jan. 29, 2011; and
we welcomed Greg Hanifee as our new assistant dean of executive
programs on Feb. 14, 2011. Needless to say, we are thrilled on all
three fronts! (See the newsletter articles below for more on all
Greg, a Smith School MBA alumnus, joins us after a long career
at Verizon and the last two years leading our custom non-degree
programs business for corporate, non-profit and government clients.
He is the perfect entrepreneurial, service-oriented and principled
leader to lead our EMBA program to the next level of success. Greg
will report to me in my role as vice dean at the Smith School, but
I will no longer be involved in running the day-to-day aspects of
the EMBA and our other executive programs. I will continue to teach
in the EMBA and stay involved in our recruiting and alumni activities
as much as possible. After all, even the vice dean is allowed to
do something really fun once in a while!
Greg and I will both be at the March 10, 2011 EMBA Alumni event
in Washington, D.C. and very much hope to see you there. In the
meantime, don't forget to let us know what and how you're doing
and what the Smith School can do to make your EMBA alumni experience
more rewarding and fun.
Please Welcome EMBA 11
We are extremely proud to introduce you to the most recent cohort
of Executive MBA students – EMBA 11. Forty students began their
Residency Week with a dinner on Monday, Jan. 17.
Our newest cohort brings a wealth of professional and cultural
diversity. They are involved with such industries as military and
government consulting, IT and telecommunications, non-profit and
education as well as all cycles of health care from political reform,
R&D and government oversight to biotech, pharma and medical practice.
Financial services and consulting round out the group.
We are holding a networking event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday,
March 10 for EMBA alumni, current students and prospective students.
The official website will be up in early February, but if you are
interested in attending, please feel free to go ahead and register
yourself. This is a free event being held at the St. Gregory Hotel
from 6 to 8 p.m. As part of the event, there will be a short panel
discussion between several EMBA alums in fields ranging from government,
military, pharma and consulting.
We hope to see you there! Please register at
A Message from Dean Anandalingam
Dear Smith School Community,
As noted in my recent State of Smith address, we have invested
in our Office of Executive Programs over the past two years and
these programs play an increasingly important role in our strategic
and financial plans. These investments are generating a healthy
return: our EMBA program is now rated among the best in the country,
and we have successfully launched an innovative new suite of custom
and open-enrollment non-degree programs for our executive education
It is crucial that our Office of Executive Programs maintains
this positive momentum and continues to grow the size and impact
of its programs in the coming years. This requires strong leadership.
That is why the Smith School has spent the past four months undertaking
a global search for the new head of our executive programs team.
While the Search Committee -- chaired by Alex Triantis, Professor
and Chairman of the Finance Department -- reviewed top candidates
with impressive credentials from a wide variety of industry backgrounds,
in the end they determined that the best candidate was here at Smith.
I am delighted to announce that Greg Hanifee has accepted our
offer to become the Assistant Dean of Executive Programs effective
February 14. Greg joined the Smith School 20 months ago as the Executive
Director of Custom Programs. He has built an exemplary track record
at Smith in his short time here. He has developed new programs for
top clients such as General Dynamics and CSX, and has initiated
innovative new partnerships with the Gettysburg Foundation, Maryland
Bankers Association and the Maryland State Medical Society. Importantly,
he has also gained the trust and respect of all executive program
stakeholders - staff, faculty, students and clients - with his dedicated,
collaborative and ethical leadership style.
Greg brings a wealth of global leadership experience to his new
position. Prior to joining the Smith School, he was an executive
at Verizon for 20+ years, where he played several senior sales and
marketing roles and was the Managing Director of two rapid-growth
businesses in China. As a Smith School MBA alumnus, we also know
that he is extremely well educated!
I want to thank Hugh Courtney for his leadership of the Office
of Executive Programs for the past 2.5 years, and wish him continued
success in his new Vice Dean role. I also want to thank the Search
Committee -- Dave Godes, Sharon Johnson, Margaret Miller, Joyce
Russell, Rob Sheehan, Alex Triantis and the Committee's Coordinator,
Candace Ward -- for their outstanding service to the School.
I look forward to working closely with Greg in the coming years
to build our executive programs. Please join me in congratulating
and supporting him as he takes on this critical leadership role
for our School. You may reach him at
Executive Education In the News: Smith Takes Leadership
to the Battlefield
An agreement between the Smith School's Office of Executive Programs
and the Gettysburg Foundation has combined the talented Management
& Organization faculty with the Gettysburg leadership guides to
form customized training for corporations and organizations. The
intensely experiential programs will push participants to think
differently about individual and organizational challenges through
engagement in action-oriented sessions, both on the renowned Pennsylvania
battlefield and in the classroom. Read more about the possibilities
envisioned in a recent
Baltimore Sun article, and also from the
For more information, contact Greg Hanifee at
or visit www.rhsmith.umd.edu/Gettysburg.
Executive Education Announces: Technology & Innovation
Leadership Beyond Borders
Executive Education Announces a Joint Certification Program with
IIMB, University of Maryland and Zhejiang University. The program,
titled Technology & Innovation Leadership Beyond Borders, consists
of a series of three international business education and professional
development immersion experiences at each of the three institutions,
networking and group activities for participating executives, and
a certificate to each successful program participant. The three
institutions will jointly deliver a high-quality impactful experience
of an international caliber and will share in the effort, expenses,
and revenues from the planning and delivery of the program. Find
more information at
I. Smith School-IBM Business Analytics Workshop: Modeling
and Understanding Risk
Keynote Speaker: Robert Kolasky, Asst. Dir., Risk Governance
and Support, Department of Homeland Security
March 4, 2011
II. Smith EMBA Alumni Event
March 10, 2011
III. Cupid's Cup
April 1, 2011
IV. Directors' Institute
Discounted registration closes Feb. 28, 2011
April 6-8, 2011
IV. CEO@Smith: David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group
Save the Date
April 12, 2011
Upcoming Continuing Education Courses - Held in Washington,
DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
- Project Management 2.0 – March 19, 2011, Bryan Palma
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Sandra Brummitt (EMBA 10), currently director
of tax planning at Constellation Energy, was just named Constellation
Energy's director of investor relations.
Steve Crane (EMBA 9) has been named director
of Cronkite’s Washington operations of the Cronkite News Service,
Arizona State University. Cronkite News Service is a multiplatform
daily news operation providing Arizonans with critical public policy
stories. Find more information at
Rob Glenn (EMBA 9) is now the Ohio Governor
Kasich's Homeland Security Division Adviser and Director.
Kara Hedges (EMBA 10) is now the Vice President
of Product Strategy for EverFi, Inc., an education technology start-up
in D.C. The company is in the very early stages and is developing
innovative financial literacy curriculum software delivered through
cutting edge online gaming technology. The company was founded three
years ago by a Smith alumnus from the PT program, Jon Chapman. They
also hired a recent Smith FT graduate this summer, Ben Hadden, it
is a nice Smith family that has come together across the FT, PT,
and EMBA program to build the business.
Sherri Powell (EMBA 10) has a new job with Bloomberg
LP to work in the firm's Business and Product Development unit in
the DC office.
Shelbi Brookshire, Director EMBA Admissions,
welcomed baby girl Wallace Brookshire Simon born on January 29.
Finally, we would like to request personal updates
to share with all of our EMBA alumni. We would like to highlight
your successes! Please send any updates you want to share such as
new job or new baby. Email the updates to
We are looking for a few of your classmates; we
do not have a good email address for them. Please contact
Thank you for your help!
- Vincent DeCarlo
- Heather Eck
- James Franklin
- Shiva Fritsch
- Mark Haraway
- Shipra Matreja
- Brian Taylor
- Sandeep Thumula
- Heidi Walsh