From the Board Chair

Paul S. Mandell

After more than a decade as a volunteer to my alma mater, I am honored to continue serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. This dedicated body of Terps and honorary Terps provides fundamental support to the University of Maryland, College Park, making possible its steady rise in prominence and prestige among peer institutions across the U.S. and globally. Our accomplished student body and renowned faculty act as a beacon for innovation and entrepreneurship to maintain our ascent as one of the nation's preeminent public research institutions.
As we work to achieve the mission of the Foundation, our trustees:

  • Encourage and expand philanthropic support for university initiatives;
  • Oversee the investment and distribution of private gifts to the university;
  • Serve as advocates and ambassadors on behalf of the university within our communities; and
  • Leverage our knowledge, experience and networks to assist and advise university leadership.

As alumni, parents and friends of the university, we aim to grow the Foundation's impact on the campus community, Greater College Park, the State of Maryland and beyond. Each member deserves great credit for their dedication and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, when our operations and meetings had to be conducted virtually rather than in-person.

I would also like to extend special thanks to the board for its philanthropic and volunteer leadership during the Fearless Ideas campaign, which has achieved its historic $1.5 billion fundraising goal. We look forward to new opportunities to propel this extraordinary institution to new heights in solving the grand challenges of our time, from climate change and public health to civil rights.

We welcome you to join us in support of past, present and future Terps, near and far, and thank you for your own commitment to the Black and Gold.
Paul S. Mandell '95
Chair, Board of Trustees
University of Maryland College Park Foundation 

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