Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Summer is coming to an end and I hope you are all excited for the fall semester! This summer we welcomed two dynamic new presidents to the System and said goodbye to two outstanding presidents.  
Aminta Breaux

As announced in this spring's LeaderNotes, Aminta Breaux has joined Bowie State University as the school's tenth president. She comes to the System from Millersville University in Pennsylvania where she served as vice president for advancement for three years. With the arrival of Dr. Breaux, we also say goodbye to Mickey Burnim, who served as president of BSU for eleven years. While under his leadership, BSU added eight degree programs, graduated a record number of students in 2016, and raised $15 million through a fundraising campaign that reached its goal ahead of schedule.

Peter Goodwin
Peter Goodwin was named president of  UMCES in July. Goodwin will join UMCES on September 18 and comes to us from the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho. With Dr. Goodwin's arrival, we must say goodbye to Don Boesch, who has served as president of UMCES for 27 years. Boesch will remain at UMCES as a faculty member. Under his leadership, UMCES became the state's leading authority on environmental matters, research grants more than tripled and diversified, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology was formed. Most recently, Don received a governor's citation for his role in advancing science and communication for the Chesapeake Bay. I have greatly enjoyed working alongside Mickey and Don and the Foundation thanks them for their fantastic  work over the years.
Jacqueline Lewis

We also welcome UMCP's new Vice President of University Relations, Jacqueline Lewis. Jacqueline joins us from The University of Iowa Foundation, where she served as Senior Vice President for Development and led 160 fundraising, donor relations, and marketing and communication professionals. In this role, Jacqueline led and implemented a five-year strategic plan and helped oversee the completion of a nearly $2 billion comprehensive campaign. 

This summer, the Foundation hosted a successful Alumni Engagement Summit at Bowie State University, which brought together over fifty alumni relations, communications, and annual giving professionals from across the System. The event featured a keynote address from Chris Marshall of GG+A titled "Power in Numbers: A Million Reasons to Build - and Measure - Alumni Engagement as You Head into a Campaign." The day also featured a panel with vice presidents of advancement Kim Dumpson, Greg Simmons, and Theresa Silanskis and featured a number of breakout sessions led by our Alumni Relations Council. Thank you to all who attended and participated. 
Chancellor Caret at Volvo

I had the pleasure of joining Chancellor Caret on a listening tour across the state of Maryland to meet with business people, civic leaders, and other regional groups to discuss ways the USM can work with them to grow Maryland's economy. In June, the Chancellor visited Frostburg State University, the Cumberland Times-News, and the Volvo Group Trucks' Hagerstown Plant. As the Chancellor says, we are working on Telling and Selling the USM story across the region, which helps work towards advancing the USM's strategic plan.

Lastly, former USM Chancellor Brit Kirwan was honored by The Baltimore Sun in June at The Baltimore Sun Business and Civic Hall of Fame induction dinner at The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel. The Sun also ran a feature that calls Brit a "national treasure" in academic circles and tells the story of his career from his position as provost of UMCP in the 1980s to his recent role as chair of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. Read the full article here.

Trif Alatzas and Brit Kirwan

As always, please contact me at raley@usmd.edu or 301-445-1941 with any questions or comments. 


Leonard R. Raley
In This Issue:
Board Member News BSU Opens New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing
CSU Partners with Mayor Pugh
UMCP and UMB Unveil Cole Field House
Kim Schatzel Honored by Associated Black Charities
Staff Member News
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USMF Board Chair and President of Jemma Everyday,  Bonnie B. Stein, recently attended the 25th Anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic Women's Motorcycle Rally (MAWMR) in Front Royal, Virginia to conduct a workshop on "Affording Your Dreams, a Roadmap to a Secure Financial Future."
Bonnie Stein at MAWMR
This year's rally brought together nearly 250 women motorcyclists and philanthropists for three days of friendship, education, rides through the beautiful Virginia countryside, and fundraising to support women with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer. MAWMR has raised over $350,000 and each year has exceeded its goal.

H. Christopher Goodrich
B oard member H. Christopher Goodrich was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Defense Inc. in July. He has also been appointed to the board of directors of Cornerstone Defense.  Read more here.

Government Properties Income Trust will acquire
Robert Milkovich
 First Potomac Realty Trust for $1.4 billion. Board member Robert  Milkovich is the CEO of First Potomac. Read more here.

Board Member Alicia Wilson was featured in an
Alicia Wilson
article in Crain's Baltimore in an on-going series that interviews business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy. Alicia speaks to her role as Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor at Sagamore Development. Read more here. 

The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate topped the nation in real estate sales volume last year, according to an analysis by REAL Trends. In 2016, the agency completed 1,772 transactions with a combined value of $765.5 million. This is the third year that the Creig Northrop team has ranked number one nationwide. Read more here.
Creig Northrop
Professorships and ScholProfessorshipsarships Around the System

Dr. Rose
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science welcomed Kenneth A. Rose to the Horn Point Laboratory as its first France-Merrick Foundation Professor in Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration. The endowed professorship was established to maintain Maryland's leadership in restoring the state's ecosystems in the face of growth and a changing climate. Individuals and foundations matched a $750,000 grant from the France-Merrick Foundation in Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration. The endowment for this fund stands at more than $1,700,000. 

The Smiths, UMES President Dr. Bell, and Cynthia Williams
The University System of Maryland awarded Wilson H. Elkins Professorships for 2017-18 to four deserving professors across the System. The  award will support Kavita Hegde of CSU, Katherine Cameron of CSU, Rose Jagus of UMCES, and Katherine Holman of TU . The Elkins Professorship was established in 1978 as the first permanently endowed, university-wide professorship at the University of Maryland. This endowment widens the USM's margin of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

The owners and operators of Bennie Smith Funeral Home Inc. have established the Bennie and Shirley Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to provide need-based scholarships to students. The Smiths hosted a holiday reception in 2016 during which over 700 guests made contributions that were matched by the Smiths. The Smiths then established the scholarship fund and pledged $100,000 to UMES. 
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The System's institutions have been nationally ranked and recognized by a number of different publications and reports this year. Most recently, UMBC was named a top US university by Princeton Review in its The Best 382 Colleges guide in August. BSU was ranked 26 among historically black institutions by US News & World Report America's Best Colleges and SU's online M.B.A. was named to a list of "Best Online Programs" by US News & World Report. Read more here.

Towson University
was featured in CASE's Currents magazine for their student philanthropy program. In 2013, only 20 TU students gave but in 2016, more than 950 students raised over $31,000 as a result of the program and the first student giving campaign in 2014, Gold and Black Giving Back. Towson's giving retention rate is 70 percent among young alumni who gave as graduating seniors and 80 percent among students who contributed within the past two years. 

Coppin State University was awarded the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success in July. This award honors institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and improved outcomes. President Thompson and four others from CSU were honored at Blackboard's annual user conference in New Orleans this past July. Read more here.

The bwtech@UMBC research and technology park has received Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) Zone designation from the Maryland Department of Commerce. bwtech@UMBC is one of the largest research parks and incubation programs in Maryland that works with companies within the US and abroad to grow their businesses. The designation supports companies and UMBC faculty that are interested in commercializing their work. Read more here. 

The USM has named David W. Wise director of Maryland Momentum fund, a $25 million fund to support startups formed within the 12 USM institutions and their incubators. He joins the System by way of Pharos Biologicals, LLC, where he served as CEO. Wise has been the venture advisor to the president of the Abell Foundation on its direct investment program and an advisor to UM Ventures. Read more here.
BSU Opens Center for NaturalBSU Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing

In June, Bowie State University opened its new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing. The $102 million, 149,000-square-foot center will promote innovation in collaborative teaching and research and represents BSU's new hands-on approach to the instruction of the STEM fields. 

The center took two years to complete and features a 25,000-square-foot space made of dynamic glass called the Beacon, which tints on-demand and will significantly lower heating and cooling costs. The center contains a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center where students will practice on computerized mannequins to simulate clinical and hospital settings. The center also has a fully enclosed greenhouse for students and faculty studying plant sciences. 

CSU Joins Mayor Pugh to HCSUelp Make College More Affordable

Coppin State University has joined Baltimore Mayor Pugh to make college education more affordable for graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools. CSU will offer any Baltimore City Public High School graduate two years free tuition after they have received an Associate's Degree from Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). CSU will cover any shortfalls in tuition that qualifying students have after applying for federal student aid. This initiative will take effect with the entering class of 2018.
UMCP and UMB UnvUMCPandUMBeil Cole Field House

University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore unveiled the newly renovated Cole Field House in early August. President Loh and President Perman cut the ceremonial ribbon, symbolizing the partnership between the two campuses, which is a result of an MPower Initiative--a collaboration between the two schools to bolster interdisciplinary research programs. 

As of June, the project has brought in $57 million in private donations. The state committed another $40 million, and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank donated $25 million. In addition to practice space for sports teams, the Cole Field House project will provide learning opportunities to students and faculty. The next phase of the project is the construction of the Center for Sports Medicine, Health, and Human Performance, where researchers from both universities will come together to study the effects of head injuries on the brain and nervous system, among other research.

TU President Kim SchatzelSchatzel Honored by Associated Black Charities

Kim Schatzel was honored for leadership in diversity and inclusion  with the "Champion for More in the Middle" award from the Associated Black Charities. The award is reserved for individuals who operate at the local level to bring change that leads to greater economic equity in the region. Schatzel has prioritized diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency within her top eight priorities as president at TU. Schatzel accepted the award on behalf of Towson University and her team that is "deeply committed to advancing thriving inclusiveness" across the campus community. 
Staff Mem StaffMemberNewsber News
We are very excited to welcome Win Maw to our Advancement Services team as IT Programmer Analyst. Win comes to us from the Breakthru Beverage Group where she led their reporting team. We look forward to leveraging Win's expertise within reporting to build a superb reporting environment for our advancement institutions. Win is a graduate of UMBC and we are proud to have another excellent USM graduate on our staff.  
Sam Gallo

Chief Investment Officer Sam Gallo was interviewed in  Trusted Insight
on his role within the Foundation. In the interview, Sam speaks to his experience prior to joining the Foundation and what makes the Foundation unique, among other topics. Read more here.

Nell Walker will be leaving her role as Prospect Researcher at the USM. Nell has worked for the USM since 2012 and was integral in preparing biographical and financial research profiles on individuals, foundations, and corporations and providing proactive analysis and recommendations of potential prospects to institutions within the USM. Nell will be taking a job as Senior Prospect Research Analyst at The George Mason University Antonin School of Law. 
Editor: Micaela Cameron | mcameron@usmd.edu