Office of Alumni Relations

Message from Dean Prabhudev Konana

Dear Smith Alums,

Twenty-five years ago, Robert H. Smith ’50 saw the potential in the University of Maryland’s business school, and chose to invest in our future. Twenty-five years before that, the department of business administration first became a school of its own. What remarkable achievements have been made in just 50 short years. We celebrate the history of the school that became the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and reflect on the impact of Mr. Smith’s transformational gift with the Silver Jubilee. Thousands of students have gone on to fulfilling careers in every industry imaginable. Our alumni have led Fortune 500 companies in the C-Suite, many of them as CEOs. They have served in the government, in the military, and in nonprofit organizations. They have created new products and brands that went on to become household names, like Under Armour, SkinnyPop and Cvent. The school is also an intellectual powerhouse. Our research informs policy decisions, creates improvements in healthcare, drives innovation, and challenges the status quo. The next 25 years will be crucial as we reimagine learning in order to educate students to become the thought leaders of tomorrow. They will change the shape of the world and address its biggest challenges. Global friction, social inequities, the role of AI—as the world around us transforms in unprecedented ways, our students must be ready to create a better society for all. It is incredible to see all of the progress being made just over the past two years as we pursue an ambitious strategic plan that will better prepare students to lead and thrive in a technology-driven future. We are incredibly proud to be the Robert H. Smith School of Business.


Prabhudev Konana

Terp Alumni Gather in Atlanta for Smith School and University of Maryland Networking Event

The Robert H. Smith School of Business collaborated with the University of Maryland Atlanta Alumni Chapter to host a Terp Alumni networking event in Atlanta on March 7, 2024. Alumni from different graduation years and majors were in attendance at a midtown Atlanta venue, and the event featured a networking cocktail hour followed by messages from Smith School leadership in Career Services and Development. While in Atlanta, the Smith School team also visited several alumni and companies in the area to explore new opportunities for partnerships in hiring and future investments in our students and faculty. Thanks to all the Terps who made this event such a success. We look forward to returning to Atlanta soon to meet more of our nearly 700 Smith Alumni who live in the area!

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Smith Alumni, Atlanta Terps and Smith OCS Leadership gather for an event in Atlanta.
John Aronowitz, Chief Development Officer, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Neta Moye, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Smith Office of Career Services; Lizeth Gonzalez Smith, Consultant, Employer Development, Office of Career Services; Sasha Smi
From left to right: Lizeth Gonzalez Smith, Consultant, Employer Development, Office of Career Services; Chi Obaji, MBA ’09 - Founder at Sanovi Solutions; Kyle Ego, OMBA ’21 - Mechanical Project Engineer at Fortna; Nzinga Acey ’17 -Finance/Information Syst
From left to right: Courtney Chiang DiStefano, MBA ’22 - Senior Manager Project Manager at Danone; Greg Fike PhD, UMD-Engineering ’99 Vice President of R&D at Georgia Pacific; Jessica Zhang, MSIS ’18 - Data Scientist at Instacart
Smith Alumni, Atlanta Terps and Smith OCS Leadership gather for a networking event in Atlanta.

Dean Prabhudev Konana strengthens global ties in Seoul, South Korea, connecting with alumni and prospective students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Smith School Leaders Meet with Alumni and Prospective Students in Seoul

Dean Prabhudev Konana recently hosted alumni and prospective students in Seoul, South Korea at the Robert H. Smith School of Business Seoul Community Reception. While there, he also visited the KAIST College of Business as a part of a delegation from the American Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools (AACSB). Konana connected with alumni in South Korea and shared the latest updates from the Smith School. The visit also allowed prospective students to learn more about Smith’s programs and the university’s commitment to excellence. The trip allowed school representatives to engage with the global alumni network and showcase the world-class education offered at the Smith School.

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Alumni Hall of Fame

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Celebrating 25 Years

In this Silver Jubilee edition of Smith Business magazine, we celebrate the history of the school that became the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and reflect on the impact of Mr. Smith’s transformational gift.

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