The Frostburg State University Foundation Inc. has honored Leonard Schwab with the Pinnacle Award, its highest honor, in recognition of the decades of counsel and spirit he has offered to the FSU Foundation. The awarded was granted in a banquet in his honor held at Bedford Springs Resort on Friday, March 20.
Leonard Schwab, center, with (from left) FSU President Jonathan Gibralter; Leonard's wife, Jane Schwab; Sam Griffith, FSU Foundation president; and B.J. Davisson II, FSU vice president for University Advancement and executive director, FSU Foundation
Schwab, only the fifth person to receive the Pinnacle Award, is a founding member of the FSU Foundation and one of the longest-serving members of the Board of Directors and a longtime leader on the Executive Board. Now an emeriti member, he has helped guide the organization through a number of important transitions in the mission and scope of the Foundation.
He and his wife Jane, established the Leonard and Jane Schwab Theatre and Speech Scholarship for sophomore, junior or senior theatre majors in 1996, which has helped numerous students since then and supports the art form about which both Schwabs care so much.
“It is his service to Frostburg State University and its students, his leadership of the S. Schwab Company and his dedication to his community overall that has inspired the FSU Foundation to award him The Pinnacle Award,” said B.J. Davisson II, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation.
“Your vision ensures that our institution can provide an exceptional education for our students and that the Foundation will continue to uphold its mission: to foster, encourage and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of Frostburg State University,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.
The Schwabs, their son Doug Schwab, daughter-in-law Betsy Hurwitz-Schwab, niece Amy Schwab Owens and her husband Dr. Steve Owens were all present for the award ceremony. Leonard and Jane Schwab were presented with a book of letters of gratitude from past recipients of their scholarship.
Created in 1993, the Pinnacle Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions of time, talent or treasures in support of the educational mission of Frostburg State University through the FSU Foundation Inc. Categories of support may include board membership, financial contributions, service or other acts of leadership and service to the
FSU Foundation and Frostburg State University. Previous recipients are Ralph Race, Lillian Wellner, Al Boxley and Walter Hedrick.
For more information about the FSU Foundation, call Davisson at 301-687-4161 or visit foundation.frostburg.edu.