Sharing your success with your alma mater is ingrained in American higher education. But until recently, the University of Maryland hadn't been a big winner. Now it has.
To mark the 100th anniversary of UM's College of Engineering, builder A. James Clark is giving his old school $15 million. That's UM's largest gift ever. Within construction circles, Mr. Clark's empire is a behemoth. His company's revenues last year topped $1.1 billion. His best-known local project: Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Not surprisingly, the university decided to name its engineering school for Mr. Clark. The money will mean renovated classrooms and labs; curriculum changes stressing practical engineering application, and a center for women in engineering.
Maryland industry has a pressing need for top-caliber engineering graduates. Mr. Clark's generosity will help College Park produce the highly skilled students so much in demand.