Dr. Sudhir Singh, a professor of finance in the Frostburg State University Department of Marketing and Finance, was honored at the spring meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents with the Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service.
Dr. Singh is a leader and guiding force in fostering FSU’s regional economic development efforts. His most significant achievement lies in his joint work with one of his colleagues, Dr. Keramat Poorsoltan of the Department of Management, on The Trident Initiative: Pathways to Entrepreneurship Education, which was funded with a prestigious three-year grant from the Coleman Foundation. Through this multi-faceted project, the University serves as a catalyst for promoting interaction among regional agencies and small businesses in an effort to make the business climate in Western Maryland more hospitable to attracting and sustaining new businesses in the region, and to build awareness of the economic possibilities in Western Maryland.
Additionally, Dr. Singh won grant support from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support feasibility studies for the creation of centers for the arts in the local community. He also played a founding role in the establishment of the Financial Planning Certificate Program at FSU in early 2003 and serves as its director.
“Dr. Singh is a thoughtful and persistent leader who has successfully sought grant support to facilitate his vision for regional economic development,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “He is a great asset to this University and to this region.”
“I feel supremely fortunate, blessed, and humbled to have received this most coveted recognition, but I feel I must share it with the many people at Frostburg State University who have supported my efforts throughout my tenure here,” said Dr. Singh. “This honor would not have been possible without the various productive partnerships and winning collaborations that were established along the way within the College of Business, the University, and the community.”
Established in 1995, the Faculty Awards are the highest honors presented to USM faculty by the Board of Regents. The Regents Faculty Award Committee, comprised of faculty from the USM's research and comprehensive institutions as well as one member from the System office staff, receives nominations from the president of each institution, along with the nominees' portfolios. The portfolios provide documentation of outstanding performance in the award category for which the faculty member is nominated. Each nominee must have served as a USM faculty member for at least five years
This year, 17 USM educators and researchers were presented with the 2006-2007 Regents’ Faculty Awards during the Board’s April 13 meeting at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Md. The awards recognize the faculty members’ professional accomplishments in the areas of research, scholarship, and creative activity; teaching; public service; mentoring; and collaboration.
“These 17 individuals represent the pinnacle of the extraordinary talent, innovation, and dedication that make our system’s faculty among the best in the nation,” said Clifford M. Kendall, chairman of the board. “We are proud of their accomplishments and very pleased to recognize them with the Regents’ Faculty Awards.” Each award recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque of recognition for the honor.
Nestled in the scenic mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of 13 institutions in 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, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu.