Herb and Libby Ware from their feature in the spring 2017 World of Learning newsletter.
Dr. Ware and his wife Libby.
When alumnus Herbert Ware looks back on his time at Maryland, he remembers the collegiality among his professors and classmates. “I didn’t appreciate it until long after finishing my Ph.D., but we spent a lot of time together.” Dr. Ware recalled that humor took a lot of tension out of the demanding coursework.

Dr. Ware credits his professional and personal success to his education at Maryland, including his many awards, among them the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, three National Science Foundation Summer Institute Stipends for Mathematics Teachers, and the Virginia Educational Research Association Certificate of Recognition for Distinguished Research in Education. Teaching at George Mason University and the University of Maryland were also exciting opportunities that Dr. Ware credits to his time at UMD.

Tell me about your UMD experience. What was most memorable about your time here or what did you find was most influential to your success?

The courses were very demanding, and of course, it was full time, but there was a great distribution of due dates and term papers. [One of my professors] Chan Dayton, was my professor of education measurement and statistics; I took about 12 [credit] hours with him. He had a great sense of humor. The quality of teachers and personalities made learning a pleasure and much less stressful than it could have been...I loved learning. It was stressful but stimulating. [I also remember] the collegiality among students. There were four or five of us [students] together the whole time. It was a nice collegial kind of time together. I didn’t  come to appreciate that until well after finishing.

What do you value most about your degree from UMD? 

[I value] the persistence of the quality of the university and the education... The knowledge to which I was exposed at Maryland was pretty substantial. I finished my degree in 1980, and after working in schools and transitioning to teaching at George Mason in 1996, it was easy to “warm up” and pick up on statistical work again; essentially from where I left off.

What motivates you to give to UMD and why is it important for others to give?

I believe I should support those who need more than I do. With state universities, the legislative funding is not there like it used to be, so I think I consider it supplementing state funding. It's become far more important than it used to be.

[Additionally] when organizations go to determine the quality of the institution, whether for a grant or rankings, the percentage of alumni contributing sometimes serves as criteria. Grant funding organizations ask “to what extent do alumni give or what percent of alumni are giving?” So even if you’re giving $25, your gift counts! The value alumni place on the College of Education is what’s important.

Herbert Ware supports the Friends of EDMS (Account #21-21350).

To support this fund or the College of Education please contact Rachael Day, Donor Relations Coordinator.

*Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity.