Ann Townsell of Cumberland, director of Publications for Frostburg State University, has received the 2012 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award, the highest honor bestowed on USM staff employees. She is being honored for extraordinary public service to the university or greater community.
Townsell will be recognized at the Sept. 28 Board of Regents meeting.
In her nomination letter, Colleen C. Stump, interim vice president for University Advancement, said that “… the success of the University’s publication, marketing and rebranding efforts would not have been possible without her. Her dedication and commitment to Frostburg State University’s success, her professionalism and creativity, and her support of the arts and the environment combine to make her an outstanding member of the University and surrounding communities.”
Townsell, an FSU employee since 1996, designs the graduate publications, homecoming publicity, Foundation publications, Cultural Events Series brochures, theatre brochures and commencement programs, as well as provides a steady supply of salon-quality photographs of University people and places that further enhance FSU’s publications and websites. In addition, she designed the University’s new logo based on concepts developed through the marketing and branding task force. An active member of FSU’s Learning Green, Living Green Executive Committee, she has undertaken numerous projects and initiatives to promote sustainability on campus. She has also supervised and coached dozens of graphic design student interns, providing them with real-world experience. An official photographer for FSU’s Appalachian Festival, she has donated countless hours of her off-time to provide documentation of the event.
Outside FSU, as a passionate supporter of the arts in the local community, Townsell has served on the Allegany Arts Council Board of Directors from 1998 to the present (as president in 2006 and 2007) and as an active committee member for many other Arts Council events and initiatives. She has also chaired the annual Will’s Creek Survey, a national juried art exhibition, for the past 13 years and serves on the advisory board to the Frostburg One-Act Play Festival sponsored by FSU’s Center for Creative Writing. She is a member of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation Board. Over the years, she has generously donated her time and graphic design talent to support several other local, nonprofit organizations in marketing and promoting various events that have benefitted the entire community.
The Regents’ Staff Award recognizes the achievements of salaried and hourly employees of the University System of Maryland. Award winners are selected from the institutions within USM and are nominated based on letters and recommendations by colleagues. Each recipient receives a certificate presented during a ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting and a monetary prize.