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Headlee Named Frostburg State University College of Business Alumnus of the Year

Headlee Named Frostburg State University College of Business Alumnus of the Year

The Frostburg State University College of Business has named Terry Headlee of Martinsburg, W.Va., Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Cathy Ashley-Cotleur, MBA coordinator and one of Headlee’s faculty members, presented Headlee with the honor at FSU’s annual College of Business Honors Reception on May 8. The event also recognized the top business faculty and students of year.

A member of the MBA class of 2003, Headlee is managing editor of The Frederick News-Post and chair of the Editorial Committee for the Maryland, Delaware and D.C. (MDDC) Press Association. While a student in Frostburg’s MBA program, he served on the newly formed Student Advisory Council, implemented as a key constituent group for the accreditation of FSU’s College of Business with AACSB International. Upon graduation, Headlee was asked to then serve on the College of Business Advisory Board, which encompasses alumni from various backgrounds who aid in supporting program recommendations and decisions. Headlee has been an active member of this board for 10 years.

In accepting the award, Headlee said that the principles he learned in the pursuit of his MBA have been invaluable as he took on the leadership of newsrooms in Hagerstown and Frederick, where he found that he needed a strong background in the foundations of business as well as journalism.

“I know you all know that I’m in a very turbulent industry right now. It’s undergoing change all the time, and to keep up with that you not only have to have strong journalistic standards and knowledge, but you also have to have a keen sense of the business world, everything from marketing to troubleshooting and problem solving as well as human resources. … You have to understand all facets of the business,” Headlee said.

“I can tell you that the degree and education and knowledge that I got here at Frostburg State University were just invaluable. It helped me in so many ways,” he said.

Headlee previously worked for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail for nearly 23 years, including as executive editor from 2000 to 2008, and was a reporter for the Journal in Martinsburg before joining the Herald-Mail. He has won 35 writing awards.

In his work with the MDDC Press Association, he chairs the committee responsible for editorial contest recommendations, coordinating regional or statewide initiatives that improve access to public documents and providing recommendations for professional development and training. As chair of the student internship program, he selects candidates and places interns with member papers. 

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Headlee earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University. He lives in Martinsburg with his wife, Loria Longerbeam Headlee, a 1999 FSU master’s graduate.

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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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Frostburg State University
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