From the President's Desk: Looking Forward in 2020

Dec 11, 2019 9:00 AM

Happy New Year to FSU alumni and friends! 2020 will be a busy year at Frostburg State University, with plenty that’s new.

New Living Space

This fall we will open our first new residence hall in more than 40 years. The dramatic, six-story, 125,000-square-foot hall just north of Bobcat Stadium will feature more than 400 beds. Residential units inside the yet-to-be-named hall will vary from two to four beds, with one to two bathrooms per unit. The nearly $43 million facility will also include study spaces, lounges, a shared kitchen and laundry rooms.

New Learning Space

We will also break ground on a new, $80 million Education and Health Sciences Building at a ceremony this spring, and construction will begin immediately. We anticipate opening this new learning space – which will house our programs in the College of Education and health professions – in fall 2022. It will provide technologically based classrooms and state-of-the-art learning environments for teachers, educators, nurses, health professionals, and the growing fields of exercise and sport science and athletic training. In a nod to Frostburg weather, this new building will be connected by enclosed pedestrian spaces to the Cordts Physical Education Center and the Lane University Center.

New Learning Opportunities

New academic offerings will be coming this year, following the successful launching of our Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant graduate programs this past year.

Our business faculty are preparing to offer graduate certificates in a number of specialized topics, including business analytics. We are also in the process of developing a new major on facilities management with a modern focus on sustainability and environmental sensitivity.

New Regional Identity

Lastly, we continue to engage in the region to support economic and community development. Frostburg State has taken the lead in bringing five adjoining counties in three states together (two in Maryland, two in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia) to work as a group in workforce development and community improvement. We are expanding our definition and role as a regional university! Look for several new advances as we continue our mission to educate and serve this region and the state.

Sending New Year’s greetings from all of us — Go Bobcats!