John and Nancy Erickson are well known in Baltimore and beyond
for their entrepreneurial success in building world-class
retirement communities, including the Charlestown Retirement
Community near UMBC's campus. But it was their philanthropic
spirit that laid the foundation for their relationship with
Since 1999, the Erickson Foundation, a family foundation that
supports educational, scientific, and research initiatives,
has worked with UMBC's Vice President of Student Affairs Charles
Fey and Vice President of Administration and Finance Mark Behm
to build and finance campus housing for more than 1,000 students,
relieving the University's previous housing shortage.
wanted to help UMBC meet its housing needs and create an academic
village for students," says John Erickson. "The foundation can
help the University deliver an educational need, which is the
reason for our existence, and this allows us to do more than we
each could individually."
fact, the expanded housing, combined with The Commons, UMBC's new
$32 million student center, has allowed UMBC to offer students a
full residential experience, including nighttime and weekend
activities, a wide range of dining choices, on-campus banking,
wireless Internet access, and much-needed meeting space.