The holiday season is the time of year when we celebrate friends and family, reflect on the year gone by, and develop our New Year resolutions—the serious ones, the ones that we hope to keep. As I reflect on the past 12 months—the Merrick School of Business has had an incredibly successful year, and that 2011 promises to be just as exciting and inspiring. Just look at some of our accomplishments from 2010:
- Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as providing one of the nation’s Best Undergraduate Business Programs in their 2011 Best Colleges issue.
- Ranked # 1 for alumni managing or co-managing Baltimore’s 25 largest accounting firms.
- Raised $1.4 million raised this year toward the capital campaign.
- Welcomed the Maryland central region Small Business Development Center to the school.
- Added three new faculty in the disciplines we needed most.
- Unveiled the Accounting Honors program.
- Strengthened the internship program, increasing participation by 24 percent.
- Increased student participation in study-abroad programs by 37 percent.
- Hosted provocative speakers like Steve Forbes and Gillian Tett.
- Re-launched the Maryland Business Climate Survey
These accomplishments were achievable because of our faculty and staff and their commitment to students and their learning outcomes. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business students, combined with the greater Baltimore area business community’s reliance on our school’s academic quality and expertise, it is important that we keep up this momentum in the coming year.
As we face 2011, we already know that the state is under continuing financial pressure in a rocky economy; we will have to do more with less. But that won’t deter us from providing a top-notch business education to our students. We have the strength and commitment to continue to innovate and grow. Moreover, in the coming year many of our initiatives will move from the idea stage to implementation. These include:
- Launching the Helen P. Denit Business Honors program, a focused scholarly program that will provide additional learning experiences to our highest achieving students.
- Establishing the M.S. in Global Leadership, a graduate program designed to prepare participants for global leadership positions in international businesses, multilateral agencies and non-profit organizations working across international borders
- Launching a new specialization in construction management in the region’s only real estate and economic development program.
- Establishing new certificates in corporate governance and technology commercialization.
In the long and storied history of the Merrick School of Business, these would have to be considered serious resolutions. To bring them to fruition, it will take the efforts of many. To that end, I want to thank all of our alumni and friends with whom I have had the privilege of meeting with this year. You have been integral in all of our successes. Your time, insights and financial support have allowed the Merrick School of Business to shine.
As you know, I enjoy meeting with fellow alumni and members of the business community, and I expect that in 2011 I will have the opportunity to get to know even more of you. Let’s plan on it.
Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season, and I join you in planning for a peaceful and prosperous new year.
With UB Pride,
Darlene Brannigan Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, Merrick School of Business
Alumnae, B.S. ’78, M.B.A. ’80