Community / April 5, 2008

Smith School Mourns Loss of Faculty Member Dr. Brian Shaffer

The Robert H. Smith School of Business community is mourning the loss of Dr. Brian Shaffer, a Tyser Teaching Fellow in the Logistics, Business and Public Policy department. Dr. Shaffer was killed in an automobile accident in West Virginia on Saturday, April 5.

A beloved teacher and involved member of our community since 1995, Brian was the Associate Director of the College Park Scholars Business, Society and the Economy program from 2001-06. He received his PhD and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught MBA and undergraduate courses in managerial economics and public policy and has been recognized as a “Top 15 Percent” instructor. His research interests centered on the strategic management of government regulation and public issues; regulatory, environmental and social issues in the U.S. automobile industry; and experiential learning for business students.

The Smith School extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to Dr. Shaffer's family, friends, colleagues, and students during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the University of Maryland Main Chapel. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Please send your memories of Dr. Shaffer to and we will share them with his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Hall, P. O. Box 13890, Greensboro, NC 27415.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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