The Frostburg State University Foundation has received a gift of $325,000 from The J. Glenn Beall Family Foundation, through his daughter Victoria Beall Muth, to support the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Institute for Public Affairs at Frostburg State University.
“This is a wonderful gift to continue the work of institute in focusing attention on the positive aspects of public service,” added Jack Aylor, director of development and executive director of the FSU Foundation Inc.
Under the direction of Executive Director Tim Magrath, a member of the Political Science faculty, the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs sponsors a number of educational programs to promote civic responsibility and knowledge about governmental and political processes. The Institute also provides access to the Beall Archives, located in the Ort Library on the Frostburg State University campus. The Archives holds the personal papers of J. Glenn Beall, who represented Maryland in the U.S. Senate from 1953 to 1965, and his son Senator J. Glenn Beall Jr., who represented Maryland from 1971 until 1977.
In addition, the Institute sponsors fellowships and provides stipends for internships. This fall, Carlie Canter, an FSU senior from Flintstone, Md., will join the staff of U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin.
“The need for citizen participation is vital in a free society,” said Sen. Beall when the Institute was established in 2002. “It is our hope that the programs offered through the institute will inspire students to view public service as a satisfying and fulfilling career option.” The recent gift by the Beall Family Foundation continues their ongoing support for these programs.
J. Glenn Beall Jr. served as Maryland's United States senator from 1971 to 1977, and previously served as the 6th District U.S. representative and a Maryland delegate. After leaving office, he continued serving numerous national, state and local initiatives until his death in 2006.
J. Glenn Beall Sr. was a member of the Allegany County (Md.) Road Commission, served in the Maryland State senate, was a member and chairman of the Maryland State Road Commission, and served four terms as a U.S Representative for Western Maryland. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952, reelected in 1958 and served until January 1965.
The FSU Foundation manages more than $14.5 million in assets to support the students and programs of Frostburg State University. More than $3 million in gifts and pledges have been received so far this year from friends and alumni, far ahead of previous years. This includes a gift of $600,000 from the Ralph and Martha Race trust to support the study of western history, a $500,000 bequest from the estate of Kate Dailey Hill to provide FSU scholarships to graduates of Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Md., and more than $200,000 in gifts and pledges to the FSU Foundation Annual Fund.
“We have witnessed a very good year with significant major gifts and a successful Annual Fund campaign,” Aylor added.
“Senator Beall was a member of the FSU Foundation board of directors for many years, and he advocated the use of planned giving and was instrumental in helping FSU secure other major gifts. Planned gifts and deferred gift programs provide attractive methods for individuals to make a significant and lasting impact on university programs,” Aylor said.
For more information about the FSU Foundation Inc., call Aylor at (301) 687-4161. For more information about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201. Situated in the 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.