The Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by University of Maryland Global Campus to promote research and scholarship at UMGC. The series features internationally acclaimed speakers in the fields of management, technology, or education who discuss trends and advancements in these areas.

Hosted at UMGC headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, the series is open to the UMGC community and general public.

The Orkand Chair was established through an endowment from Donald S. Orkand, founder of the Orkand Corporation and former chair of UMGC's Board of Visitors, to advance research and scholarship at UMGC by bringing scholars of national repute to serve at the UMGC Graduate School.

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Donald S. Orkand is a highly successful entrepreneur, having founded The Orkand Corporation in 1970 and more recently DC Ventures and Associates, which provides counsel to senior management in the areas of information technology mergers and acquisitions.

Through Orkand's leadership and his acumen in management and information technology, The Orkand Corporation grew from being a two-person firm into a thriving $85 million company, employing more than 1,100 staff members. The company's continuous growth in the dynamic and challenging world of information technology and government contracting made it particularly attractive and the company was acquired in July 2004 by a large, publicly traded corporation.

Orkand founded The Orkand Corporation to provide information systems and analytical services to a wide range of public and private sector clients, and he has been lauded for the company's success. Its clients were a "who's who" in government circles, including the U.S. Departments of Energy, State, Defense, Labor, Commerce, Interior, and the United States Postal Service, as well as the National Institutes of Health and many other public and private organizations.

Orkand has served on the University of Maryland Global Campus board, and in 2004, he established the Orkand Endowed Scholarships for The Undergraduate School and the Orkand Endowed Chair in Management and Technology at The Graduate School.

Before joining UMGC's Board of Visitors, he served on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, Orkand serves or has served on a number of business, professional, and academic governing bodies, including the board of the University of Maryland Foundation and Suburban Hospital.

Orkand earned a BS (graduating summa cum laude), an MBA, and a doctorate, all in statistics and economics, from New York University. He studied under world-renowned quality-enhancement guru W. Edwards Deming, his advisor for both his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.

Meet the Orkand Chair

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Orkand Chair, Provost's Office

Peter Smith, EdD, has assembled an extensive professional career in politics and higher education innovation and policy. Smith has served as founding president at three colleges: the Community College of Vermont, California State University Monterey Bay, and the Open College at Kaplan University. He also served as the ADG for education at UNESCO and dean of the Graduate School of Education at George Washington University. Smith has written three books and dozens of articles. He has served on several national boards and currently serves on several boards including NCHEMS and WCET. Smith served as state senator, lieutenant governor, and congressman for the state of Vermont.

Past Orkand Chair

Jay Liebowitz Staff Data Analytics

Jay Liebowitz

Past Orkand Chair, Provost's Office

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Lecture Archive

Spring 2015: Innovation Lessons from Industry: Applying Breakthrough Ideas in Higher Education

On March 25, 2015, the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success hosted distinguished guest Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation and member, University System of Maryland Board of Regents, for the spring 2015 Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series. Augustine spoke on applying innovation lessons from industry to higher education. A question-and-answer session and reception followed the discussion.

Spring 2014: The Future of Higher Education

Dr. John Cavanaugh, president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, spoke on the future of higher education at UMGC on March 20, 2014. Following the lecture, Brit Kirwan, PhD, then-chancellor of the University System of Maryland, moderated a panel discussion. Panelists included Candace Thille, PhD, director of the Open Learning Initiative, a research fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University; Mark Milliron, PhD, cofounder and chief learning officer of the student success and analytics innovator Civitas Learning; and Hal Plotkin, senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, which has responsibility for all Federal higher education policies and programs.