UMB Catalyst for Excellence Award Winners

The UMB Catalyst for Excellence honorees exemplify powerful advocacy for success, achievement, and philanthropy for their respective schools, while serving as visionaries for future progress. Exemplars of excellence and inspiration, they have accomplished meaningful progress in their respective lives and careers, in addition to devoting meaningful time, talent, and resources to numerous worthy causes. The University of Maryland, Baltimore, the city of Baltimore, and the state of Maryland are much the better through the impactful efforts of these extraordinary individuals.


School of Dentistry

Robert Ord smallerRobert Ord, DDS, MD, FRCS, FACS, MS, is associate dean for faculty development and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Ord exemplifies excellence through his development of an internationally acclaimed surgical program and his contributions to the treatment of patients with oral, head, and neck cancer. Long dedicated to community service, he and his wife, Sue, established a fund in support of dental care for uninsured oral cancer patients.

Francis King Carey School of Law

Robert Kim smallerRobert J. Kim, JD ’83, is a principal attorney at McNamee Hosea Attorneys & Advisors in Greenbelt, Md. A proud alumnus, he is chair of the Carey School of Law’s Board of Visitors and a strong advocate for the school. Kim often hosts alumni and students and is a dedicated mentor and longtime supporter of student scholarships.

School of Medicine

Harry Knipp smallerHarry Knipp, MD ’76, FACR, is an avid alumnus and dedicated philanthropist whose support has been invaluable to the School of Medicine. He has held several leadership positions with the school and is chair of the UMB Foundation Board of Trustees. Knipp has provided generous support in numerous areas, including the establishment of scholarships and the renovation of historic Davidge Hall.

School of Nursing

O'Connell updated 10.1Elizabeth “Beth” O’Connell, MS ’74, BSN ’73, is an active and dedicated alumna with more than 40 years of experience in nursing and health care administration. A Living History Museum docent, she also served several terms on the School of Nursing’s Alumni Association Executive Council, has endowed a scholarship for nursing graduate students, and is a member of the school’s Louisa Parsons Legacy Society.

School of Pharmacy

Terry Gyi smallerTerry Gyi, BSP ’83, PharmD ’06, is a philanthropist and retired pharmacist. Gyi and her daughter established a scholarship and professorship in memory of her late husband and fellow School of Pharmacy alumnus, Felix Gyi, PharmD, MBA. She also serves as a member of the school’s task force for the Center for Women in Pharmapreneurism.

School of Social Work

Betsy and David smallerBetsy Krieger, MSW ’83, and David Kandel, MSW ’83, have provided decades of support to School of Social Work community outreach organizations that highlight the importance of advocacy and organizing to change power structures. The Social Work Community Outreach Service and Promise Heights are sustained by their commitment.