A new $10 million gift from the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation will support MBA scholarships, undergraduate leadership programs and facility enhancements for the Smith School. The gift, announced in September 2015, will also continue to fund the school's Center for Social Value Creation.
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The Forté Foundation has included Smith on a list of “16 elite business schools” with at least 35 percent women in their full-time MBA intakes for fall 2015. Overall, women comprised 39 percent of new full-time MBA enrollment at Smith, up from 34 percent in fall 2014. When part-time, online and executive MBA programs are included, women’s enrollment at Smith climbs to 41 percent.
Four Smith alumni are representing the United States in a 10-month immersive internship and learning program in Dubai. The program, comprised of 40 international graduates, is sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. Edward J. White ’15, David Oganesyan ’15, Mary McCune ’09 and Kevin Marrin ’09 joined cohort members from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia for Dubai Business Internships, which kicked off in September 2015.
Smith School marketing professor Rebecca Ratner reached millions of news consumers with her study on the upsides of solo consumerism. Overall, Ratner’s research generated more than 100 media placements, earning her the inaugural Research Communicator Impact Award from the University of Maryland's Division of Research.
The Smith School has teamed up with the American Bankers Association to deliver three new executive education programs addressing anti-money laundering, fraud management and enterprise risk management. The first-of-their-kind programs will help financial professionals develop, implement and monitor effective programs to detect and prevent financial crimes, plus comply with increased regulatory scrutiny.
College leaders need to act more quickly if they don't want to be swept aside by emerging technologies, Smith School professor Henry C. Lucas Jr. argues in a new book. Lucas is both a participant in and analyst of the online education revolution. He created the Smith School's first massive open online course (MOOC) on disruptive technologies, and he has taught in the school's online MBA program from the start.
Word spread quickly about the Smith School’s online MBA program, launched in January 2014. After attracting 70 students during the inaugural year, enrollment more than doubled to 158 in 2015. Danielle Wang, who manages the online MBA within the school’s Office of Executive Programs, says the goal will be to maintain enrollment near current levels while focusing on quality.
Philadelphia Flyers founder and Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider ’55 shared the foundational values for his business at the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics, and Leadership on Sept. 29, 2015. During the event, Snider spoke about his journey as an entrepreneur and the philosophy that has guided his career. Rajshree Agarwal, director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, moderated the discussion.
As a 28-year-old widow, the grandmother of William “Billy” Greenblatt, English ’79, started riding in the back of a mail truck to her New York City post office job to save the subway fare and better provide for her children. “She instilled a value system about working hard and helping others,” the commencement keynote speaker told graduates during Smith’s 2015 winter commencement on Dec. 20, 2015.