Catalyst Magazine

President’s Message

Together we have accomplished an amazing goal: The Catalyst Campaign was the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) history with a goal of $750 million. I am proud to say that we not only met that goal, we also surpassed it nearly six months before the campaign’s end. We raised $794 million in support of the things that make this University great: our excellent students and faculty, the research that is leading to an array of health science and human service innovations, and the initiatives we lead to advance the health and well- being of citizens in Baltimore, across Maryland, and throughout the world.

We could not have accomplished this without each of you. I am incredibly thankful for the generosity and loyalty of our alumni, donors, and friends, as well as the hard work and dedication of our board members, campaign chairs, and campaign staff. Whether you supported scholarships, our faculty, research, community efforts, or facilities, know that you are helping carry forward our mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good.

UMB’s deans provided continual leadership as we worked toward our goal. I’m appreciative of all their work and guidance — whether they have been with us since the beginning of this campaign or recently joined our institution. I’d like to give special recognition to three transformational leaders who stepped down as deans in the last years of our campaign. I’m delighted that all three are continuing to serve UMB as senior faculty members.

  • Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, served 14 years as dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, stepping down in June 2020. Dean Barth drove significant expansion at the school. Under his leadership, grants and contracts grew from $6 million to $40 million per year, philanthropic giving increased from $46,000 to $4 million per year, and total annual aid to students soared to $3 million.
  • Donald B. Tobin, JD, served eight years as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, stepping down in July 2022. During Dean Tobin’s tenure, he launched the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice, the Erin Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention, and the Criminal Defense Clinic; expanded the highly ranked Clinical Law Program; and worked to establish a professorship in consumer law.
  • E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, served 16 years as dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and executive vice president for medical affairs for UMB, also stepping down in July 2022. Under Dean Reece’s leadership, UMSOM emerged among the top echelon of medical schools in the nation, showcasing record-breaking growth and accomplishments. Research funding reached historic highs, increasing dramatically from $323 million in 2006 to more than $500 million in 2022, while clinical revenues more than doubled to $350 million, with UMSOM faculty physicians now providing care to more than 1.5 million patients each year.

I know I speak for our entire UMB community when I say that we are energized by achieving our Catalyst Campaign goal. We are more committed than ever to teaching and learning, innovation and research, equity and justice, and statewide partnerships.

The Catalyst Campaign has shown us what we are capable of accomplishing, and we are excited to continue building an even brighter future with you.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS


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CATALYST magazine

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Lynne Henry, Laura Kozak, Larry Kushner, Jennifer Litchman, Thomas Sullivan, Kate Ostrowski


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