University of Maryland

Why We Give

By Robert Miller '73 and Teresa Miller

Robert Miller Portrait

Robert ’73 and Teresa Miller

As longtime university employees and men’s basketball season ticket holders, we have a deep connection to the University of Maryland.

There is so much energy on a college campus, and it was such a dynamic place to work. From the business school to The Clarice to the development office, everywhere we went there was always a sense of being connected to a higher purpose.

Not every student has the financial resources to pay for the UMD experience, and that’s why we have made a bequest of $100,000 for an undergraduate scholarship in economics (Robert’s major). UMD has made a real effort to bring the best and brightest to College Park, and everything we can do to help bring in that caliber of student is worthwhile.

Basketball is our real love. We have been to Final Fours and conferences and NCAA Tournament games. For us, a 2.5-hour drive to see the Terps play is no drive at all, and we love running into friends and colleagues at games at the Xfinity Center and beforehand at Ledo and R.J. Bentley’s. It’s a way for us to stay in touch.

So we have also bequeathed $100,000 to endow a scholarship for the men’s basketball team. It’s a “thank you” for the enjoyment that basketball has provided us.

Giving back has been our way of trying to continue the progress that the university is making, academically and athletically. It is how you keep a tradition going, and it’s a nice feeling to know that once we are no longer here, part of us will continue to be a part of this university.

Robert Miller retired in 2009 as director of finance and administration for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Teresa retired in 2005 as director of gift acceptance in University Relations.