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Frostburg State University Foundation Launches $15 Million Campaign

Steering Committee Named to Lead “Staking Our Claim” Fund-Raising Effort

The Frostburg State University Foundation Inc. recently launched the public phase of its comprehensive $15 million campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg. Designed to support the mission of Frostburg State University, this fund-raising effort comes at a critical time in the history of the institution and of Western Maryland. Nearly $8.5 million has already been committed as of the end of 2008.

Staking Our Claim is named in recognition of the tenacious community of coal miners and other local citizens who struggled to found State Normal School No. 2 more than 100 years ago. It has three areas of focus: Student Enrichment, Academic Enrichment and Regional and Cultural Enrichment, all integral parts of the mission of the regional comprehensive university that grew out of that Normal School for teachers.

A steering committee of alumni and community leaders has been named to guide the effort. It is chaired by Quincy Crawford of Annapolis, Md., a 1965 Frostburg graduate who is the retired President and CEO of First Financial Group, the largest privately held financial planning firm in the Mid-Atlantic region. Crawford, a leader in industry affairs, has been the recipient of numerous honors over his career, including the 2004 FSU College of Business Alumnus of the Year.

He is joined on the steering committee by Carl “Buck” Belt Jr. of Cumberland, Md., Mary Clapsaddle of Arnold, Md., and Kenneth Oldham of Germantown, Md. Belt is a Western Maryland business and community leader. He is President of the general contracting firm Carl Belt Inc., whose reputation for quality and well-managed projects has continued to grow under his leadership. He has also expressed his community commitment through his involvement with numerous charitable and civic organizations in Allegany County. Clapsaddle of Arnold, Md., is a 1983 Frostburg graduate who is currently the Legislative Manager for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services in Annapolis, her most recent post in a career focusing on government policy and service.

Oldham of Germantown, Md., is a 1998 FSU graduate who, less than a decade after graduation, was named President of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore. He is committed to the education of young and future audiences and to the promotion of the arts, yet still finds time to share his musical talent by teaching guitar.

The Staking Our Claim Steering Committee is also joined by members of the executive board of the FSU Foundation, President R. Sam Griffith, Vice President William Chesno, Secretary Lynn Fike, Treasurer Kenneth Kennedy, Assistant Treasurer Joseph Pace, Gladys Faherty and Lawrence McKenzie.

Since the University’s history is an essential part of this fund-raising effort, two new leadership annual giving societies have been created in honor of two past Frostburg presidents who played significant roles in FSU history, Nelson P. Guild and Lillian C. Compton. Guild led the institution through an exceptional period of growth and expansion in enrollment, facilities and new program development through the 1970s and ‘80s. The Nelson P. Guild Society recognizes annual donations of $2,500 to $4,999. Compton played a critical role in saving what was then Frostburg State Teachers College from closure in the 1940s. The Lillian C. Compton Society denotes yearly contributions of $5,000 or more.

For more information about the “Staking Our Claim” campaign and to learn how to join the effort to support Frostburg State University, call 301-687-4161 or visit

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