College of Business
Support the College of Business on #MaryWashDay

Who We Are  

If some courses of a liberal arts college also prepare its students for economic competence, the college does not thereby become less of a liberal arts college, provided it holds to its true objectives. In fact a person’s ability to make a living may be essential to his capacity for leadership in the higher things in life. (Edward Alvey, History of Mary Washington College, 1974)


Officially founded on July 1, 2010, the College of Business builds on the Mary Washington tradition of a well-rounded undergraduate program in the liberal arts, with small classes that encourage direct interaction with its expert faculty.   As other schools of business are just discovering the value of a solid grounding in the liberal arts for tomorrow’s leaders, UMW has a long history of teaching business-related subjects, dating back to 1919.  Our program has been, and will remain, firmly rooted in its liberal arts foundation.  We offer solid academic core curricula and innovative programming designed to meet the changing needs of the next generation of business leaders in the Fredericksburg region.


Today, our alumni can be found in an amazing array of businesses, government agencies, schools and not-for-profit organizations. Some have risen through the ranks to executive positions here and abroad, some are entrepreneurs running very successful enterprises, and some are teachers and professors. We are very proud of our heritage and excited about our future. We hope you will join us as we create the latest iteration of business education in the public liberal arts university that Mary Washington is becoming.


Why Should You Support the College of Business?

On this Giving Day, we invite you to affect the lives of our students.  Your gift today will support student scholarships and programming, making college more affordable and helping gifted students to focus on their educational and professional goals. The College of Business is committed to excellence in teaching, in and out of the classroom. Your gift will help faculty to continue to engage our students in a relevant business education.


How Your Gift Will Help

On Giving Day, we are asking you to designate your gift to the College of Business and/or the Galen de Graff Scholarship.


Your gift to the College of Business will support programs like:

  • Professional Development Programs such as Speed Networking, Resume workshops, dress for success that will prepare our students to stand out in the workforce.
  • Academic Field Trips, i.e. we have travelled to NYC to meet with alumni at their place of work
  • Student Research Opportunities with faculty
  • Scholarships
  • Women in Business program

Your gift to the Galen deGraff Scholarship will help endow a scholarship honoring Galen deGraff, Professor Emeritus:


Galen deGraff was a professor who taught business, but primarily finance, at UMW for 21 years beginning in the early 1990’s.  Dr. deGraff’s teaching style and rigor had impact on students, propelling several to great successes in professional careers. 


Because of the impact Dr. deGraff had on them, a group of alumni aims to create an endowed scholarship in his name.  The intention of the scholarship is to remember the importance Dr. deGraff placed on his students, and in turn, benefit future students for generations.  An ancillary benefit of the scholarship is that when the endowment reaches $50,000, a classroom in Woodard Hall can be named for Dr. deGraff.  This is the chance for you to help recognize the impact Dr. deGraff may have had on you and further facilitate a culture of giving within the College of Business.  Please consider contributing to this worthy cause.  



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