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Frostburg State University Names John Short New Vice President for Advancement

Frostburg State University Names John Short New Vice President for Advancement

Frostburg State University has named John Short, associate vice president for Development at Albright College in Reading, Pa., as vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, Inc., overseeing all fundraising operations and alumni programs for the University. He will join FSU on Feb. 2.

“John Short brings to FSU a solid record of achievements in the arena of fundraising and development,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I am confident that he will provide excellent leadership to our advancement staff as we prepare to launch a new campaign. He is looking forward to joining a campus community that is ‘focused on transforming the lives of young people.’”

Short was responsible for all aspects of fundraising at Albright. Before that, he spent a decade at American International College in Springfield, Mass., including five years as vice president for Institutional Advancement. Prior to his career in advancement, Short practiced law in Connecticut, where his practice included estate planning and elder law, two focus areas that have served him well in the advancement field.

What the two colleges he served had in common was that, for many students, the ability to pursue higher education was not a given, Short said. He appreciated the life-changing opportunities that financial aid could provide, and he sees similar need among FSU’s student body.

“I found I got a lot of meaning personally working at a school where I can see the transformation in students’ lives from the opportunity to get an education.” Short said. “By raising money for scholarships and other opportunities, in my own little way, I’ve helped transform the lives of those young men and young women.”

He will spend his first months assessing the current advancement operation, acquainting himself with the University, community, alumni and Foundation Board of Directors and prioritizing the next steps.

“I’m very impressed with Dr. Gibralter and his leadership team,” Short said.

Short earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College.

For information about the FSU Foundation or to support FSU, call 301-687-4161 or 1-866-241-3296 toll-free, or visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 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. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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