The Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc., has honored Gladys Wensel Faherty, a member of the Frostburg class of 1955, with the Pinnacle Award, its highest honor, in recognition of the time, treasure and hard work she has given to the FSU Foundation in its support of the mission of FSU.
Faherty, only the seventh person to receive the Pinnacle Award, served two terms as president of the FSU Foundation and has been active in alumni affairs, including serving as past president of the Alumni Association. Grateful for the opportunities and assistance that she was given to attend college, she created the Wensel-Faherty Scholarship, providing financial support to FSU students from Allegany and Garrett counties in 1983, and has continued to build on that fund. To date, 62 Frostburg students have benefited from her generosity.
“Sam Ewing has said, ‘Hard work spotlights the character of people: Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don’t turn up at all,’” said FSUF President Sam Griffith, presenting the award. “Whenever her beloved alma mater asks, Gladys Faherty shows up, rolls up her sleeves and, instead of turning up her nose, puts her nose to the grindstone.” The award was granted during FSU’s Sloop Leadership Institute, held at Bedford Springs Resort on Saturday, March 5.
“I have known Gladys for many years. She has devoted much of her time, talent and treasure to the Foundation in support of the University,” wrote Ken Kennedy, fellow Pinnacle Award recipient and long-time Foundation treasurer in his nomination letter. “Her compelling interest in the financial aspects of the board has always been directed toward increasing and maximizing the monies available to students for scholarships.”
“Giving is contagious,” Faherty said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”
Faherty taught physical education at Beall High School for nine years and served for 26 years as the media specialist at Mount Savage School, as well as the coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Program. She also volunteered as a computer teacher at St. Peter’s School in Westernport for 12 years. Faherty has also been involved with the Frostburg Pantry, Frostburg Museum, Meals on Wheels, Soroptimists, American Association of University Women and the Allegany Bird Club. She is also very active with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Frostburg.
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. Previous recipients are Ralph Race, Lillian Wellner, Al Boxley, Walter Hedrick, Leonard Schwab and Kennedy.
For more information about the FSU Foundation or to make a gift, call FSUF Executive Director B.J. Davisson at 301-687-4161 or visit foundation.frostburg.edu.