From the President
Since I joined the University of Baltimore in July, it feels like I’ve learned something new about UB every day. I knew of UB’s prominence in law and business, but I now know about our distinction in programs such as forensic science, applied psychology, and simulation and digital entertainment. (And yes, that’s as cool as it sounds; students learn how to design video games and computer simulations.)
I’ve come to appreciate why Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has called UB an anchor institution for Baltimore: From faculty, staff and student outreach in efforts like the Immigrant Rights Clinic to the transformation occurring in UB Midtown, our University is an engaged, committed urban partner. I continually meet alumni whose enthusiasm for UB’s future is matched by the gratitude they feel for the opportunities they received here. It’s evident that I came to UB at a time of real energy and forward momentum.
UB has great potential today because of the solid foundation laid by my predecessors. During my service as mayor, I observed and admired the singular achievements of H. Mebane Turner. Under his leadership, UB was transformed: from private to public, from a series of random buildings to a defined urban campus. Robert L. Bogomolny then took UB into the 21st century with new academic programs, a return to freshman admission and the realization of a campus master plan that has altered the city’s skyline. I’m fortunate to now serve an institution that has been led with the skill and vision that Meb and Bob so clearly provided.
It’s also clear that the University of Baltimore owes its success to more than strong presidential leadership. UB is where it is today because of great faculty, students and staff and because of you—our alumni and supporters. I look forward to working with the entire UB community to realize a future vision that’s as bold as our past. I’m eager to share our plans for a renovated, modern library, a project that will complete a signature campus “triangle” that includes the UB Student Center and the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. I am dedicated to attracting and retaining the highest caliber of faculty and staff to remain competitive in the region’s crowded higher-education arena. And most importantly, I know we share a commitment to keeping a UB education affordable for future generations of students.
With your support and guidance, I am confident that UB will continue to be a place of opportunity and achievement. I am excited by the possibilities before us, and I encourage you to join me in shaping the future University of Baltimore.
Kurt L. Schmoke
From the Board Chairman
This past year has been an exciting time of change and transition, and I am very fortunate to serve as chairman of the University of Baltimore Foundation Board of Directors during this point in our history.
On behalf of the board, I want to welcome our new president, Kurt L. Schmoke, to our UB community. We are excited that his leadership skills, vision and knowledge will continue to move us forward as an institution.
I believe there are no limits to what we can accomplish with hard work and shared values. Although we have accomplished a great deal over the past decade, we are well positioned to provide an even brighter future for our students, faculty and alumni as well as for the Baltimore community.
It is important to note that your support directly impacts our University community, and for that we are truly grateful. Because of your contributions, our students and graduates are able to apply their education and training in countless ways. A classroom becomes the boardroom of a startup. Professors turn into lifelong mentors. UB students and alumni turn opportunities into accomplishments, and the skills they acquired at UB are directly related to their successes.
As we look forward to the year ahead, I believe that our UB friends and alumni are vital to ensuring sustained growth and to fulfilling the mission and strategic plan of the foundation. I want to thank the many who have supported the University this year and am certain that UB will remain a thriving institution for many years to come.
Stuart J. Silberg, B.S. ’71
Chairman, UB Foundation Board of Directors