Welcome to the College Park Foundation

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Chair Raymond Ferrara, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Maryland. Our dedicated and influential board is composed of volunteers who govern the investment and distribution of private funds, serve as advocates, assist and advise the university’s president, and help increase the level of philanthropic support for the university.

The board’s leadership and guidance is critical to the University of Maryland’s continuing ascendancy as a front-rank, public research university in support of President Loh’s priorities including:

  • Excellence and affordability in education: transforming learning and teaching via technology; innovation and entrepreneurship education across the curriculum; and closing the achievement gap.
  • Strategic partnerships for research, innovation and the arts: collaborations with federal agencies, industry, and other universities (especially U. of Maryland, Baltimore) on joint faculty appointments, research, and technology commercialization; partnerships with arts and arts management organizations.
  • Physical facilities and environmental sustainability: new and renovated buildings completed or in the pipeline to date, totaling $700M; reducing the campus' carbon footprint by one-half by 2020.
  • Fundraising: completion of $1B capital campaign in 2012; preparation for the next campaign.
  • Big Ten conference: changed conferences to join the Big Ten in 2014 to ensure the long-term fiscal health of Maryland athletics, compete at the highest level, and collaborate academically with Big Ten peer institutions.
  • Revitalization of College Park: expand public safety, public transit, public charter education, and mixed-use real estate development to enhance the quality of life of the surrounding university town.

More information about the Board, its policies, and its meetings can be found on this site. Thank you for visiting. If you have any questions or concerns, I hope you will not hesitate to contact us.

Peter Weiler
Vice President, University Relations
President, University of Maryland College Park Foundation