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Trailblazing Frostburg State Administrator Dr. Alice Manicur Passes Away

Trailblazing Frostburg State Administrator Dr. Alice Manicur Passes Away
Dr. Alice R. Manicur

Dr. Alice R. Manicur, a trailblazing administrator who dedicated 47 years of her career to Frostburg State University’s students, passed away on Monday, Jan. 2.

Dr. Manicur was Frostburg’s very first dean of students, hired in 1960 immediately after she earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University, and ultimately becoming the vice president for Student and Educational Services. Many of the student services at FSU today had their roots in programs she began, including career services, residence hall programming, the honors convocation, the Introduction to Higher Ed course, the Cultural Events Series, and national service programs through AmeriCorps. In particular, Preview FSU, the summer orientation program, had its roots in the Summer Planning Conference she created in the 1960s, which served as the model for institutions of higher education across the nation.

She retired in 2007 and was granted administrator emerita status. In her personal life, she was an avid world traveler until just recently, visiting dozens of countries in all corners of the globe.

Dr. Manicur often reflected on the impact that Berea College, her undergraduate alma mater, had on her life. She was a dedicated supporter of that institution, as she was of FSU, and served on its Board of Trustees.

She has been honored many times: The multi-use room in the Lane University Center was named in her honor in 2000. She was inducted to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012. She was the first female president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the organization now known as NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. That organization has since honored her with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean, the Pillar of the Profession Award, the John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar Award, and in the naming of its annual conference for women aspiring to leadership in student affairs as the Alice Manicur Symposium.

According to her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. 

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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