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Frostburg State University Foundation Gives Pinnacle Award to Ken Kennedy

Frostburg State University Foundation Gives Pinnacle Award to Ken Kennedy
Foundation President Sam Griffith (left) presents Ken Kennedy with the Pinnacle Award, the Foundation's highest honor. Photo credit: Dave Romero/
The Frostburg State University Foundation Inc. has honored Ken Kennedy of Frostburg with the Pinnacle Award, its highest honor, in recognition of the nearly quarter-century of expert guidance and time he has offered to the FSU Foundation.

Kennedy, only the sixth person to receive the Pinnacle Award, is retired from Westvaco (now NewPage). He is the current treasurer of the Foundation Board of Directors, serving in that role since 1989, and he served on the board for a number of years before that.

The award was granted during FSU’s Sloop Leadership Institute, named for the late FSU professor Richard Sloop, held at Bedford Springs Resort on Friday, March 26.

“Ken’s years of service has helped to provide a bright future for FSU and his consistent unrestricted giving to the Annual Fund helps the University fund its most critical and immediate needs,” said Sam Griffith, president of the FSU Foundation Board of Directors. “It seems particularly fitting to honor him this evening in conjunction with the Sloop Leadership Institute. Like Dick Sloop, Ken is a principled leader, concerned about the common good and the welfare of our students”

Kennedy retired in 1989 from Westvaco's Luke Mill after 37 years of service. He joined the Luke Mill in 1952 in the Engineering Department and was promoted to Engineering Superintendent in 1965. In 1974 he was appointed Manager of Resource Development for the mill, and this led to his election to the presidency of Westvaco Resources, Inc., when the subsidiary was established. At the time of his retirement, he served as Expansion Program Coordinator. He is also active with the Maplehurst Country Club, St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Frostburg, the Elks and the American Legion. He earned a Master of Science in Management degree from FSU in 1972.

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 and Leonard Schwab.

For more information about the FSU Foundation, call FSUF Executive Director B.J. Davisson at 301-687-4161 or visit -end-

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