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Frostburg State University to Celebrate Inauguration of President Ronald Nowaczyk

Frostburg State University to Celebrate Inauguration of President Ronald Nowaczyk

Frostburg State University will celebrate the inauguration of its 15th president, Dr. Ronald H. Nowaczyk, in a ceremony that centers a week bookended by events celebrating student artistic achievement. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be Friday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Pealer Recital Hall.

During the ceremony, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, assisted by Board of Regents Chair James Brady, will perform the investiture, the formal recognition of Nowaczyk’s leadership role. Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James Fielder Jr., Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan, FSU Foundation Board of Directors Vice President Ken Oldham and FSU Student Government Association President Nicholas DeMichele will offer greetings, and Caret will speak, delivering the charges for Nowaczyk’s presidency.  

The date of the inauguration was chosen in recognition of the anniversary of April 9, 1898, the date that Gov. Lloyd Lowndes signed the bill creating State Normal School No. 2 at Frostburg, the institution that, 119 years later, is now Frostburg State University.

Nowaczyk’s address, titled “Living Our Commitment,” will honor the aspirations of those coal miners and community leaders who are responsible for the creation of the institution. He will recognize that the University has gone far beyond the imaginings of those founders, but that the commitment continues to be toward changing lives, student by student.  

Nowaczyk, who assumed the presidency on May 9, 2016, has spent his first year in office focusing on building a collaborative administration marked by open communication, with a particular emphasis on student success initiatives and regional outreach. He initiated a strategic planning process, which is under development by a team of more than 50 faculty, staff and students with the input of more than 1,000 individuals from the University’s student body, faculty, staff and alumni, along with numerous community members and other regional stakeholders. It will be presented to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and to the public in June.

Student-focused events have been planned in conjunction with the inauguration. They begin with the 2017 FSU Student Art Exhibition & Awards Ceremony, which will have an opening reception on Saturday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery of the Fine Arts Building. The artwork will be on display through Wednesday, April 12, Sundays through Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. The other public event is the President’s Concert featuring FSU’s top student musicians and faculty on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Both are free and open to the public.

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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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