There was excitement at the Performing Arts Center Friday afternoon, as Frostburg State University officially swore in Ron Nowaczyk as the 15th president of the institution.
“It’s a special day, not only for myself and family, but i think for the university and the community, it’s a day where we celebrate an event that doesn’t occur that often in the history of an institution and it’s the transition of leadership with the university,” said Ron Nowaczyk
Nowaczyk has assumed the role of president since last May. While in office, his focus has been about student success and making the institution affordable. He also says he wants to help others in the surrounding counties.
“The second thing is on regional development and really helping the region, the three counties Washington, Allegany and Garrett County move forward to use the assets of the university, to help improve the well being of the citizens of the region,” said Nowaczyk.
During his inaugural address, he talked about the importance of the coal miners and others who were influential in helping lay the foundations for the institution.
“It’s an important responsibility and apart of both myself and the faculty and staff to ensure that we keep that in mind going forward, because coal miners and people of this region have done to make this school successful,” said Nowaczyk.
Other faculty members say they are pleased with President Nowaczyk’s open form of communication and believe he is the right fit for the college.
“As the chancellor talked about, the key is not only finding the right person, but making sure they’re the proper fit and they succeeded amazingly on both accounts,” said Michael Murtagh, a professor at FSU.