Farewell Reception for Brian Thompson (9/20)

UPDATE – Location change:  The new location for the reception is ITE 456.

From Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

It is with very mixed emotions that I announce Brian C. Thompson, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School for Administration and Finance, will be leaving UMBC to accept the position of Director of Contracts, Grants, and Compliance at the American Society for Engineering Education.

Brian first joined the UMBC community as a student in his freshman year. While pursuing double majors in economics and information systems, Brian was selected as a Ronald E. McNair Fellow, and recognized with an Outstanding Student Award from the Alumni Association, the Department of Economics Chairman’s Award, and twice with the Distinguished Service in Economics Award. Throughout his undergraduate tenure, Brian worked in offices on campus serving his fellow students.

After graduation, Brian became a full-time staff member in the Bookstore. He then spent time in Financial Services before joining the Graduate School as Business Services Administrator. In recognition of his contributions and responsibilities, Brian was promoted to Assistant Dean. While working full-time as an administrator, Brian earned both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor (with honors).

During his time in the Graduate School, Brian has made significant contributions to UMBC’s mission. Examples include: significant improvements to the graduate assistant tuition remission process; a more transparent and clear DRIF allocation schedule; service as President of the Professional Staff Senate; instruction of LRC 101A; early and skilled adoption of REX; and creation of an innovative model to evaluate and analyze the costs and revenues of graduate education. The Graduate Student Association recognized Brian’s contributions by naming him the recipient of the Staff Appreciation Award.

Brian’s last day will be Friday, September 21. Please join us at a farewell reception in the Fireside Lounge on September 20, between 3 pm and 5 pm, to thank Brian for his many contributions and to wish him success in his new position.

Contributions to the celebration are welcome and may be sent to Denise Atkinson in the Graduate School.

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