The Frostburg State University community is celebrating the news that David Edgerley, an alumnus with long-standing ties to Allegany County and to FSU, has been tapped by Gov. Martin O’Malley to head Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development.
“I think it is a tribute to Frostburg State University to have one of our graduates, David Edgerley, nominated as Secretary to the Department of Business and Economic Development,” FSU President Jonathan Gibralter said. “I know that Mr. Edgerley is familiar with the importance of this fine university, as well as our enormous potential as an economic development engine for Western Maryland. To have him in this position is something that makes FSU extremely proud.”
The designation is the latest in an impressive list of significant achievements and experiences for Edgerley, who received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from FSU in 1974. Following graduation from the University, where he worked closely with noted faculty such as political science professor John Bambacus, Edgerley was hired as a grant writer for the Human Resources Development Commission. He later became a grant writer for Allegany County and eventually was appointed to serve as Director of the Allegany County Department of Economic Development and Director of the Allegany County Office of Development Assistance. In recent years, he has served as Director of the Department of Economic Development for Montgomery County. His accomplishments earned him an FSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1989.
“David is highly respected in the field of economic development,” Bambacus said. “Anybody who knows him is not surprised by this appointment.”
Edgerley cites Bambacus as one of his earliest mentors, and he continues to stay in touch with the professor, who is also known for his work as former Republican state senator and former Frostburg mayor. He credits Bambacus with encouraging him to do a rewarding internship in the Public Affairs Internship Program offered through the Department of Political Science, one of the many positive experiences he enjoyed while learning as a student here.
“Frostburg was the right school, the right size, the right group of professionals … it gave me an early grounding that led me to be able to survive in the business world,” Edgerley said.
Edgerley also recalls how by serving in leadership positions in Allegany County, he learned the value of jobs lost every time a company closed, an experience that furthered his determination to counter Western Maryland’s geographic isolation with projects such as helping FSU establish its designation as a university and lobbying for the completion and maintenance of Interstate 68.
“The fact that the secretary designate is an FSU graduate who has remained loyal to the area is tremendous,” Bambacus said. “I would expect he will do what he can to help us again.”
Edgerley’s nomination also coincides with a series of promising developments in FSU’s commitment to further economic opportunities for Western Maryland, including beginning site work for the much-anticipated Allegany Business Center (ABC@FSU), a $1.5 million project that will establish the county’s first high-tech business incubator and is cited as one of Gibralter’s most pressing priorities in his presidency at FSU.
“Dr. Gibralter’s strong commitment to economic development for the region adds another layer of significance to David’s new position,” Bambacus said. “This helps fulfill a mission of the University.”
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the university’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.