The USM Foundation has been fortunate enough to flourish under the foresight, philanthropy, and vision of six different leaders. Learn more about those who have led the USM Foundation to where it is today.
Leonard Raley was named USMF president in 2005, and lead the USMF’s transition to a truly Systemwide resource, stressing growth in assets under management, professionalization of Foundation staff, development of economies of scale, and advocacy on behalf of the USM. Leonard serves as the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the USM Foundation today.
In 2004, Susan Schwab was named USMF president and strengthened the commitment to customer service introduced by Dillon, accelerated the professionalism and sophistication of USMF operations, renegotiated the five-year agreements with campus clients, introduced a tiered fee structure, and increased assets under management through the addition of the USM Common Trust to the USMF’s investment management pool.
USMF Board Member John Dillon serves as interim president during 2003 and brings with him an increased focus on customer service and greater communication and cooperation between the USMF and its USM clients.
John K. Martin
John K. Martin is named president in 1990, a position he holds for the next 13 years. With the creation of the University of Maryland System, Martin recognized the need to professionalize the operations of the Foundation and build closer relationships with the campuses to facilitate campus-based development capacity.
Robert G. Smith
In 1983, Robert G. Smith becomes president of the University of Maryland Foundation, a position he would hold for the next six years. Smith initiated the Foundation’s first fundraising campaign, built an engaged and high-profile board, and began the work of establishing development operations on the College Park and Baltimore campuses. Robert also served as the de facto leader of the University of Maryland Foundation during its inception in 1979 and led the Foundation through its formative years until its first official president was named.
In 1982, Patricia Purcell is appointed as the first official president of the University of Maryland Foundation. Purcell instilled the Foundation and each of its institutional campuses with an entrepreneurial spirit to flourish and survive, a skill that would prove necessary in future years.