Alumni Association News

Letter From the Executive Director

By the time you read this, the newest crop of Terps will just be settling into life in College Park. They’ll be making friends, getting lost on the way to class—or worse, inside the Bio/Psych building—joining clubs and discovering just how amazing the dining hall chicken tenders really are.

It’s an important time for us here at the Alumni Association, too, as the journey with our new future alumni begins now. For the second year, new students received a copy of the revamped M Book, which we produce to highlight Maryland traditions and offer keen insight and advice.

We also have exciting new additions to our association family. I’d like to extend a big welcome to our new president of the Board of Governors, Jim Spencer ’90, and eight new at-large members:

Carlos Acosta ’85

Judge, Maryland District Court

Marguerita “Rita” Cheng ’93

CEO, Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Laurie De Armond ’94

Partner, BDO USA

Jason Feinstein ‘91

Owner/Director, Axon Health Associates

Ajay Gupta ’98

CEO, Health Solutions Research

Nefretiti Nassar ’10, M.S. ’12

Senior Systems Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ted Offit ’77

Chairman/CEO; Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law

Bert Williams ’96

Executive Protection Program Manager, Fannie Mae

Finally, thank you for continuing to take part in our 30th anniversary celebration. There’s so much more to come! We hope to see you at our Homecoming 30th anniversary tailgate or one of our many other celebrations throughout the rest of 2019. Find out more by visiting

Amy Eichhorst

Executive Director

University of Maryland Alumni Association

30th Anniversary Homecoming Tailgate Party

Nov. 2 | Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Celebrate our milestone at our 13th annual Homecoming Tailgate presented by Buffalo Wild Wings and The Hotel at the University of Maryland. Enjoy craft beer and wine, food from Hardy’s BBQ Food Truck, games and a performance by the Mighty Sound of Maryland. We’ve planned lots of kid activities, so be sure to bring the whole family! Find more details at

Then and Now With New Board President Jim Spencer

As a student, Jim Spencer ’90 helped start the Maryland Lacrosse Club, and proudly remembers organizing 150 students to play on four fields lined up on Fraternity Row.

Now, as the new president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, he’s looking to goals of a different sort. During his two-year term, Spencer hopes to establish a strong connection with the next university president, expand opportunities for alumni to engage with Maryland and each other, and to increase membership.

The longtime investment banker, now executive vice president and chief financial officer with HealthPRO Heritage, would also be thrilled to see his three high schoolers become Terps, just like him and his own parents.

Since Spencer was a UMD student back in 1989, we asked him to join in our 30th anniversary fun by digging up his favorite memories from then and now.

Stay Connected


Over 100 Terps gathered on April 3 at the Riggs Alumni Center for a professional TED-talk style program providing students and recent graduates the opportunity to connect, network and share their fearless ideas.


Members of the Class of 1969 returned to campus on May 24 at the Riggs Alumni Center to celebrate commencement and receive their 50th anniversary medallions.


Theodore Caruthers ‘18 (left), Martin Sanders ‘19 and Todd McGarvey ‘16 mingled with Capitol Hill Terps and heard exciting updates from university leadership and members of the Maryland delegation on June 19.


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