Retirement Reception for Dorothy Anderson (8/23)

From: Greg Simmons, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Join me in congratulating Dorothy Anderson for her many years of dedicated service to UMBC.  During her 23-year career at UMBC, Dorothy has supported the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and—most recently—the Office of Institutional Advancement. Dorothy recently announced her intention to retire from UMBC at the end of August.

Those who have worked with Dorothy know her as a wonderful colleague and consummate professional, with a larger-than-life sense of humor.  Whether helping to plan and execute high-level events like commencements and Board of Visitors meetings, scheduling meetings or volunteering in support of the Non-exempt and Classified Staff Senates, Dorothy’s warmth, generous spirit and deep understanding of the UMBC community have made her an invaluable resource and partner to individuals across the university.  Few things epitomize her energy and commitment like her work as UMBC’s lead coordinator for the Maryland Charity Campaign in 2008 and 2009.  Her efforts helped UMBC break institutional records for participation both years, and ensured that UMBC was twice awarded the Governor’s Cup for dollars raised by an institution in our size category.

Dorothy has built a distinguished legacy at UMBC that will connect her to the campus long after her retirement.  Her husband, Darrel Anderson ’84, and her son, Gregory Anderson ’06, are both graduates of UMBC.  She and Darrel have been generous donors to UMBC throughout the years, and established the Anderson/Fitzsimmons Scholarship Endowment in 2001 to support students in the theatre department.  And she began the tradition of decorating the “True Grit” statue with a mortar board and diploma for commencement ceremonies.

While we will miss her, we are better for her many contributions to the UMBC community.  Join the Office of Institutional Advancement at a reception to thank Dorothy for her years of service to UMBC on Monday, August 23, 3:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.  Individuals attending are asked to RSVP to Megan Rolenc at

To recognize Dorothy’s many contributions to UMBC, consider making a gift to the Anderson/Fitzsimmons Scholarship Endowment.  Checks should be made out to the “UMBC Foundation” and sent to Megan Rolenc in the Administration Building, Room 807.  Gifts may also be made online at (type “Anderson/Fitzsimmons Scholarship Endowment” in the “Other Designation” field).


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