The Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors has welcomed a new member. Gordon M. Cooley, of Ijamsville, Md., is the regional president for PNC Bank in Western Maryland and the latest member to join the board.
Cooley has been a senior staff member for 20 years. His most recent positions include serving on the executive team at F&M Bancorp of Frederick, Md., and as F&M’s general counsel and corporate secretary. Following Mercantile Bankshares Corp.’s acquisition of F&M in 2003, Cooley was retained and served the corporation as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. In his current position with PNC, he is responsible for client retention and business development, and he acts as the bank’s liaison with the local community.
A 25-year associate and past president of the Frederick County Bar Association, he organized a service project that improved the working environment for local offices of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and established the Justice for All Fund. This is a fund that helps make legal services available to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Having volunteered with a dozen organizations over the years, each one provided him with another chance to use his talents and experience to improve the community.
The FSU Foundation has embarked on a $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. For more information about supporting FSU, visit foundation.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.