Lewis F. Muth III, an engineer and university business instructor, has been named interim director of the Frostburg State University Hagerstown and Frederick centers, following the retirement of Director Dr. James W. Shaw.
Muth will direct the operations of the two FSU centers until the opening of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center in January 2005. A search is under way for a director of the new USM center.
FSU's Frederick Center will close at the end of 2004, and the FSU Hagerstown Center's operations will be incorporated into the USM Center. "FSU's presence will continue in the new USM center," said FSU Provost Stephen J. Simpson.
In addition to managing day-to-day operations, part of Muth's role will be to facilitate the transition from the current centers. Muth, a resident of Hagerstown, will also continue as a part-time faculty member for FSU's College of Business, for which he has taught in Hagerstown for a number of years.
"We're delighted that Lew Muth has accepted this position. His background and experience make him the perfect person for this important period of transition for the FSU centers," Simpson said.
Muth's career has combined his engineering and business expertise as project leader for a variety of multifunctional projects, primarily for Grove Worldwide and its predecessor companies. He most recently worked with Waynesboro Design Services Inc., in Waynesboro, Pa.
Muth's academic degrees include a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from FSU and associates degrees in Business Management and Engineering Science from Hagerstown Community College.