Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, the 14th president of Frostburg State University who assumed leadership in August 2006, will present a collaborative vision outlining FSU’s ideas and initiatives for success in an address titled “Planning for Change,” to be delivered during his inauguration 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Cordts Physical Education Center.
In addition to the formal ceremony, FSU students will commemorate the occasion with a series of events planned in the president’s honor. They have moved their celebration of Earth Day to April 18 in recognition of President Gibralter’s commitment to the environment. Students have also organized a series of faculty presentations and demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall. Topics will include acid rain, mining using mountaintop removal techniques and the plan to establish a model small-scale solar/wind energy project on campus in the near future. Immediately following the inauguration ceremony, visitors are invited to view informational tables presented by students and enjoy entertainment, also in the Lower Quad.
Speakers who will offer congratulatory remarks at the inaugural ceremony include former U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan, Maryland State Sen. George Edwards and Frostburg Mayor Arthur Bond, as well as representatives of the student body and the FSU Alumni Association. Student musical ensembles will also perform.
The inauguration follows a very busy and productive series of changes and improvements for the University under President Gibralter’s leadership. Since arriving at FSU in August, the direction he has brought to the University includes appointing a new administrative team and helping the University bring new opportunities for economic development to fruition. With Gibralter’s assistance, Allegany County has broken ground on a promising economic venture—the Allegany Business Center at FSU (ABC@FSU), a technology park on the FSU campus.
Many FSU faculty and staff are quick to comment on what they see to be a vibrant and energetic moment of change for the University that will help it reach new levels of greatness.
“President Gibralter is an open, creative and energetic force on campus. He appreciates the many strengths of the University and is working to build on them to move the institution forward,” said Dr. Stephen Simpson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “He has moved rapidly to address the institution’s enrollment and marketing issues. He has been supportive of many important academic initiatives and has opened the door to a new array of exciting program possibilities.”
“Dr. Gibralter’s visible presence on campus is great,” said Dr. Henry Bullamore, secretary of the Faculty Senate and professor of geography. “His forthright and direct answers to questions are refreshing. A new spirit of cooperation among the faculty, staff and administration is evident.”
Students are also taking notice of Gibralter’s role as a positive and present public figure for the University.
“I love President Gibralter. His presence on campus since he’s been here has been astounding,” said Richard Scott, FSU senior and Student Regent for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Scott has seen Gibralter at everyday places like the campus fitness center and at various FSU events. “A lot of universities don’t have that experience,” he said.
The ceremony and the Earth Day events are open to the public. For more information about the inauguration, contact the Office of the President at (301) 687-4111 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu and click on the link for the inauguration. For more details about the Earth Day festivities, call Patrick O’Brien at (301) 687-7598.