Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Dean's Fundraising Workshop
Spring at the Foundation has been very productive! Recently, the Foundation hosted two intensive workshops for about 50 USM deans and development officers at Hidden Waters and UMUC Dorsey. Bonnie Devlin and Susan Pettyjohn of Washburn & McGoldrick presented an overview of the  philanthropic landscape and fundraising roles. Deans and development officers also  participated in small group activities on prospect strategy and solicitation. Thank you to all of those who attended the workshops.

On May 8, I traveled with Chancellor Caret to Annapolis to attend the signing of House Bill 1143, the Southern Maryland - University System of Maryland Partnership Act of 2018. This bill will create new education opportunities in St. Mary's County through the new Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Thank you to the legislators who made this possible. 

Attending the signing of House Bill 1143

In June, the Foundation held its spring board meeting at Hidden Waters. Chancellor Bob Caret kicked off the meeting by speaking to the importance of advocating for higher education in the legislature. Thanks to strong advocates for higher education, the USM is able to keep the cost of attending college low and offer quality education in the state of Maryland. Next, the Board heard a positive Investment Committee report from Investment Committee Chair Larry Boggs and an update on the USM Foundation's Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan consists of five themes: Board Chair Bonnie Stein gave an update on "Culture of Philanthropy," Cary Hatch gave an update on "Communication and Advocacy," Don Scheeler on "Sustaining a Great Foundation," Linda Jones on "Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development," and Mitch Neitzey on "Asset Management." We heard great feedback from the Board on our Strategic Plan efforts and will take the suggestions back to the planning committee. To view photos of the meeting, please click here.

We also hosted an Alumni Board Leadership Summit and the 4th Annual Alumni and Donor Engagement Summit on June 7 and June 8, respectively. More than 40 alumni board
Alumni and Donor Engagement Summit Attendees
members and alumni relations professionals joined us on Thursday, June 7, at the Alumni Board Leadership Summit at Bowie State University. The agenda for the day included programs, "Alumni Boards of Today: Leading with Purpose?" by Laura Wayland, Executive Director of the Northwestern University Alumni Association and "UMBC's Alumni Board Campaign," presented by UMBC alumni board members and staff. On Friday, June 8,  more than 100 advancement, alumni relations, and communications and marketing professionals from around the System joined us at BSU. The day featured opening remarks from BSU President Aminta Breaux, a program by John Tannous from the Educational Advisory Board, and 11 breakout sessions presented by colleagues across the USM. Thank you to those who attended and those who presented. 

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer and as always, please contact me at [email protected] or 301-445-1941 with any questions or comments. 


Leonard R. Raley
In This Issue:

 Gifts ArounGiftsd the System
Barry and Mary Gossett, center

Barry and Mary Gossett made a $21.25 million gift to UMCP in April to establish the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. The center will support student-athletes by aiding student development and professional success post-graduation. The Center will use a three-part model: the Path, the Bridge, and the Horizon. Students will follow the Path to graduate on time while gaining necessary professional skills. The Bridge will give students access to mentors who will help them achieve their post-graduation goals. Additionally, Gossett Fellows may receive a Gossett Award to support their professional careers, whether it be through graduate school, service trips, or starting ventures. Lastly, the Horizon ensures that student-athletes give back after they graduate. Alumni will connect with current students via the TERPS Career Network, as well as through mentoring partnerships and participation at career fairs. Read more here. 
Robert and Susan Fischell, center

Honorary Foundation Board member Dr. Robert Fischell made a $20 million gift to establish a National Center for Bioengineering Innovation at the UMB School of Medicine (UMSOM). The gift will also provide support for research funds and endowed professorships at the Fischell Center. The gift will transform the UMSOM into a major center for bioengineering innovation and elevate the school as a national leader in innovative discoveries and medical technology. The gift is part of Dr. Fischell's commitment to integrating medicine and engineering for the good of society. Read more here.

The UMB School of Nursing (UMSON) received a $10 million gift, the largest in the UMSON's history, from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation. According to UMB, this gift is one of the largest outright scholarship gifts to any school of nursing in the country. The gift will provide scholarships to close to 350 students and address Maryland's nursing workforce needs. The gift will also fund the Conway Scholarships for Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, who complete their prerequisites at local community colleges, cost-free, and then matriculate to UMSON as Conway Scholars. Read more here.

USM NewUSMNewsBriefss Briefs

Students at UMCP and FSU will be getting new dorms. This summer, construction will begin at FSU to build the university's first new residence hall in more than 40 years. The new dorm is slated to be completed by 2020 and will hold 431 beds on six floors. The building will be situated across from Bobcat Stadium and west of the Chesapeake Dining Hall. Read more  here. UMCP's dorm is also slated to be completed by 2020 and will hold 900 beds. The university is also planning to build a 1,200-seat dining hall. The dorm and the dining hall will sit between Capital One Field and Maryland Stadium.   Read more here.

Breaking Ground on TU's Science Complex

Towson University will also see construction this year. In April, the university broke ground on their multimillion-dollar science complex that is expected to be completed by 2020. The center will be the largest academic space on campus with more than 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories, and 50 classrooms. Read more here. TU will also begin renovating the University Union with an 85,000-square-foot addition that will feature a 300-seat auditorium and movie theater, a new food market, an expanded career center, a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, and an expanded student activity space. Read more here.

Bowie State University is partnering with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to support emerging DC entrepreneurs. The Capital Builder Center at UDC is open to students at UDC, BSU, and Morgan State University and is a student scholarship competition that allows students to participate in summer boot camps, entrepreneurship coursework, life skills training, and events. The program culminates in a summer apprenticeship with a local corporation or organization. Read more here.
Maria Thompson

Coppin State University President  Maria Thompson spoke at the 2nd Annual Day of Action on Capitol Hill on April 17 at a press conference coordinated by the HBCU Collective. She discussed the importance of HBCUs and how the schools benefit society when provided with equitable funding and support from the federal government. Read more here. 

UMUC's Cybersecurity Program has been named the top Cybersecurity Higher Education Program in the US by the 2018 SC Awards. UMUC's program was selected over five finalists, based on the program's outstanding service, qualifications and advancements to the cybersecurity industry. Read more here. 
Kim Schatzel

TU President Kim Schatzel has joined the board of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) . She is the first woman president of a USM institution to be named to the board, which aims to drive high student achievement for Maryland's workforce pipeline. Schatzel will help the MBRT advocate for middle school and high school education that prepares students for college and careers. She will also work with other board members, including Chancellor Caret, to align the board's programming to evidence-based practices that meet the needs of students, educators, and employers. Read more here.
Bob Caret

Chancellor Bob Caret's keynote speech from the American Academic Leadership Institute luncheon was featured in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' magazine, Public Purpose. The speech is titled "Promoting Civic Education, Civic Engagement and Civic Responsibility: A Higher Education Imperative." Read the speech here.

UMCES's Horn Point Laboratory flipped the switch on their new, 10-acre solar field in April. The solar field is expected to generate 50 percent of UMCES's annual energy consumption. The campus is also finishing construction on a solar canopy that covers a 46-space parking
John Short
lot that will offset the cost of four level-II electrical vehicle charging stations. Read more here.

John Short, FSU vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, was selected to participate in the 2018 Class of Leadership Maryland. He is one of 52 people chosen for the program, which aims to build a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Read more here.

In March, the University of Baltimore announced a new logo and marketing campaign.  President Kurt Schmoke  says that the rebranding was a necessary step, as the university expands. This year, a renovated and redeveloped library on Maryland Avenue is expected to open. President Schmoke also noted that the new branding shows that UB is bold, striking, and has a passion for transforming lives.

Charles Wight Named Presid Wightent of Salisbury 
Univers ity

In April, the Board of Regents appointed Charles Wight president of Salisbury University , beginning July 1. He comes to the USM from Weber State University in U tah, where he led a $164 million fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $39 million. While at Weber State, Wight created the school's first LGBT Resource Center and grew student enrollment by 5.3 percent. Wight's research interests are in the field of physical chemistry, and at Weber State he taught an Honors General Chemistry course every spring semester. The new Salisbury University president was raised in Northern Virginia and holds degrees from UVA and Caltech.  Read more here.
Mickey Burnim AppointeBurnimd Interim President of UMES

Former President of Bowie State University Mickey Burnim will serve as Interim President of UMES. Burnim will begin transitioning into this postition on June 18 and will officially begin service at the university on July 1. Burnim served as president of BSU for 11 years and under his leadership added majors in cybersecurity and information technology, grew the university's enrollment and national recognition, opened three new buildings, and helped lead a successful fundraising campaign. In March, Chancellor Caret appointed a search committee for the next UMES president. The committee is chaired by Regent Michelle Gourdine.

UMCP Announces "Fearless ICampaigndeas: The Campaign for Maryland"

UMCP launched a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign (the largest in the university's history) titled, "Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland," on Friday, May 11. The campaign will run through 2021 and, at the time of the launch, had raised more than $900 million towards its goal thanks to donations made in the campaign's quiet phase. Ultimately, the money raised will benefit students, faculty, and staff through new facilities and programs for academics, arts, athletics, and advanced research. The university's individual schools and colleges will each have their own fundraising goals and donors may designate their gifts to specific schools and programs, or give unrestricted donations. Read more here.

Aminta Breaux Inaugurated at BSUBowie State University

BSU President Aminta Breaux was  inaugurated in April. She is the school's tenth president and the first woman to serve in the position at the university. Attendees celebrated President Breaux as well as the university's goal of Racing to Excellence during the week's festivities. The week included events such as a visit to Whitehall Elementary to thank community partners, an inaugural dance concert with a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the 153rd Founders Day. The inauguration culminated in an Installation ceremony on April 12, where President Breaux was installed at the Racing to Excellence Scholarship Gala, a black-tie event to benefit the Racing to Excellence Endowed Scholarship.
UMB's Catalyst CampaignUMBCampaign hits $400 Million Mark

UMB's Catalyst Campaign, which launched in October 2017 and is the school's largest  fundraising campaign to-date, is halfway toward its $750 million goal. At the campaign's launch, UMB had raised about $314 million. According to UMB, the Catalyst Campaign addresses specific priorities for each of their seven schools as well as interdisciplinary projects that address: ending the addiction epidemic; relieving people of chronic pain; treating and curing critical diseases; advancing health, wellness, justice, and economic opportunity in underserved communities; growing the next generation of entrepreneurs; and joining UMCP in cutting-edge projects that utilize the expertise of both institutions. Click here to watch a video about the Catalyst Campaign.
President Hrabowski Receives ACE Lifetime 
AchiHrabowskievement Award

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski received the American Council on Education (ACE) Lifetime Achievement Award on March 12. According to ACE president Ted Mitchell, "Freeman is a fierce champion of the traditionally unseen and underserved, and he is a vigorous and powerful mentor. He has been called one of America's best leaders, one of the 100 most influential people in the world, one of America's best 10 college presidents. At ACE, we just call him our future." 
President Janet Dudley-EsSUEschhbach Receives Spirit of Salisbury University Award

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach was awarded the Spirit of Salisbury University Award at her final SU Commencement ceremony. The award was given only once before to Dr. Norman Crawford, who served as president at SU from 1970-1980. The honor is given to those who have made continuous and notable contributions to SU's mission, quality and character. Dr. Dudley-Eshbach's dedication to academic excellence, an impressive student profile, the expansion of SU's campus, Division-III athletics, and philanthropy are among the reasons why she was honored. 
Presidents Schmoke andMarylanders Loh named Daily Record 2018 Influential Marylanders
Wallace Loh and Kurt Schmoke

In January, UB President Kurt Schmoke and UMCP President Wallace Loh were named 2018 Influential Marylanders, representing the education sector. They are two of 57 recipients who represent successful leaders who work to improve the state and the lives of its citizens. Presidents Schmoke and Loh were honored at a reception on March 22 in Cockeysville which drew in more than 400 attendees. 
In MemoriamKendall
: Cliff Kendall

USM Foundation Board member, former chairman of the Board of Regents, and longtime supporter of the System, Cliff Kendall passed away in March. Cliff served as a leader in the community through his mentorship and dedication to philanthropy, business, and education. Cliff and his wife, Camille established the Camille and Clifford Kendall Endowed Scholarship, which initially supported six students and has since grown to support 20 students at the Universities at Shady Grove. The Kendalls also established the Clifford M. and Camille E. Kendall Scholarship for UMCP students studying at USG. The community celebrated Cliff's legacy at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park in April. If you would like to honor Cliff, please consider  making a donation to the Kendall Alumni Scholarship for Working Students.

Editor: Micaela Cameron | [email protected]