The University System of Maryland was recently reminded how dedicated Frostburg State University faculty are to service when it recognized an FSU business professor with a Regents’ Faculty Award. Dr. Amit Shah, professor of management, was one of only four faculty members statewide to receive a Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service in recognition of his contributions to his community and profession. He will be formally presented the award during a USM Board of Regents meeting April 10 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“Dr. Shah is among the faculty who are the most vocal about the need for University commitment to and engagement in the community,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, noting Shah’s involvement as a project coordinator for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s AIDS administration grants, which are designed to build the capacity of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Maryland. “These grants have totaled over $100,000 in the past three years to help more than 20 CBOs with support for training, equipment and organizational development.”
Shah also founded the FSU College of Business’ Center for Community Partnership, which works to provide area businesses with skills development and management training workshops. Today the organization, recently transformed into the Center for Leadership Development, offers leadership development workshops specific to organizational needs at the regional and national levels. Additionally, Shah has been an active member of the Allegany Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Allegany! program and the Frostburg City Arts and Entertainment District Steering Committee.
Shah has also contributed significant service to his profession during his 19 years at FSU. He has served on the editorial boards of three journals: “AIMS International Journal of Management,” ”The Coastal Business Journal” and the “Advanced Management Journal.” Shah also has contributed service as president, vice president and program chair of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI) and the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (SE INFORMS). He won an Outstanding Service Award from SE INFORMS in 2008.
“I can personally attest to his service to the department, his colleagues and his students,” Dr. Michael L. Monahan, chair of the Department of Management, wrote in a letter of nomination for Shah. “When I came to FSU four years ago, a stranger and new faculty member, Dr. Shah became my mentor and friend. He has provided invaluable advice and has helped me become a better faculty member through his example of proactive service to others.”
“It’s really a wonderful and humbling experience to be recognized by your peers,” Shah said. “I think of doing service as part of my daily routine, something that makes me a person. I am honored to be recognized for something that is so deeply a part of my life as an educator and member of my community.”
For more information on Shah, contact the College of Business at 301-687-3074. To learn more about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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