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Farewell to three Board Members
The Salisbury University Foundation recently bid
farewell to three long time board members who served a
collective 63 years with the organization.
They are: Klein Leister of Pocomoke City, MD, 25 years; Dr. John
Shenasky II of Salisbury, 22 years; and Lloyd Beatty of Easton, MD, 16
"They have all shared their wisdom and their wit with this board and
each has been extremely generous to this University and our Foundation,"
said Henry Hanna in one of his last acts as Foundation chair. Though he
is stepping down from the lead position, he will remain a Foundation
Leister, a board member since 1979, became the Foundation's sixth
emeritus board member upon his retirement, joining such luminaries the
late Richard Henson, the late Edward H. Nabb, Charles Fulton, Frank
Perdue and Dick Young. The retired owner of a bookkeeping and real
estate firm, Leister and his wife, MaryLee, have been generous
benefactors to SU. The Grand Staircase of the Alumni House and Dean's
Office in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business are named in their
A former radio station owner, Leister has
been a strong supporter of WSCL, the Foundation's National
Public Radio affiliate at SU, serving as chair of the
Foundation's Public Radio Committee. The Pocomoke City resident
earned the SU President's Club Stewardship Award for his
contributions to the campus in 2000. He is past president of the
Foundation Board. He and his wife have been active in area
philanthropy, and he is president of the board of Hartley Hall
Shenasky, a board member since 1982, said he enjoyed
seeing the Foundation grow during his tenure and admired
the quality of the educational opportunities and campus
amenities SU offers its students and the public. The
chair of Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Division of
Urology, he is past president of the Maryland Urological
Society and PRMC Medical Staff.
Citing WSCL and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Shanasky said, "I
think the University is one of those things that really makes Salisbury
a special place."
In addition to his work with
the Foundation, the Salisbury resident volunteers as treasurer
of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Christ
United Methodist Church.
Beatty, who joined the board in 1988, received the
Foundation's 2004 Stewardship Award, honoring his
commitment to SU. A past chair of the board, Investment
and Audit Committee chair and vice chair of gifts and
grants, he was instrumental in helping the Foundation's
investment performance top all other University System
of Maryland institutions and affiliated foundations each
year during his leadership.
Talbot County resident, Beatty is the father of an SU alumnus,
Scott Beatty (1975) and is also an annual SU benefactor. The
president and former owner of the Eastern Shore's largest
accounting firm, Beatty Satchel & Co., he also has volunteered
as chair of the Memorial Hospital Board in Easton, MD, and as an
officer of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. He was named one
of Maryland's Most Beautiful People for service and volunteerism
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Perdue-Kresge Campaign A Success
SALISBURY, MD—Salisbury University celebrated
St. Patrick's Day by honoring some 200 special friends whose gifts
are making possible a new $1.6 million endowment through the
University's Perdue-Kresge Challenge Campaign.
At a colorful reception bringing together
donors, students and the campus organizations that are the
beneficiaries of the endowment, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach
expressed the University’s appreciation to the community:
“We could not have raised this money without the generous match
offered by the Perdue-Kresge Challenge. I am most grateful to
the Perdue family, to the Kresge Foundation and to the Community
Foundation of the Eastern Shore for creating this opportunity.
“Matching funds—the opportunity to double
your investment—are a powerful motivator for donors.” Contributors
donated $800,000 that then was doubled by Frank and Mitzi Perdue and
the Kresge Foundation in endowment accounts at the Community
Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The first endowment dispersal
was recently made. Five campus groups have benefited and the
President praised donors to each:
One of the largest gifts was by Peter and
Judy Jackson of Tyaskin, MD, who made a challenge grant of $100,000
to benefit the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. With the response
of other symphony supporters and the Perdue-Kresge match their gift
quadrupled to $400,000.
Other major contributors included:
Dr. Phillip and Carol Bosserman, formerly
of Salisbury and now of Tampa, FL, for the Center for Conflict
Paul and Wanda Ferrier of Salisbury who
made a significant gift in memory of the late Sam Seidel and the
Seidel Scholarship Program.
The Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation of
Baltimore whose gift will enhance the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
and its operations.
Kathy Washburn Niskanen of Washington,
D.C., and Princess Anne, MD, longtime friend and generous patron of
the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.
At the reception, donors were treated to jazz,
classical and show music by a wind quintet from the SSO while University
students benefiting from scholarships explained colorful displays of
activities, ranging from school programs for children to international
projects such as the CCR’s redesign of the Croatian court system,
historic material culture from the Nabb Center including an antique
quilt from White Haven, MD, and championship carvings from the Ward
“It’s especially exciting to see the community
support these programs that are at the heart of the University's
outreach mission,” said Henry Hanna, chairman of the University's
Predue-Kresge Challenge Campaign and chair of the SU Foundation Board.
“All of the programs with displays around this
room benefit students. What makes them perfect for this
partnership are the benefits they bring to the community.”
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SU Partnership Links Outreach, Scholarship: The Salisbury
University Foundation has been awarded the chance to raise $800,000 that
will be matched dollar-for-dollar to create $1.6 million for university
outreach programs. The SU Foundation was named a partner in the Perdue
Kresge Challenge for the Community, an endowment campaign sponsored by
the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
Salisbury University assembled the SU Foundation
Endowment Partnership as the ideal response to the
Perdue-Kresge Challenge for the Community: the Partner
organizations are all firmly tied to Salisbury
University's educational mission but each is primarily
oriented to SU's goal of civic engagement. In other
words, the Partners were selected because each serves
the Lower Shore community, and the region, in a unique
Real estate developer Henry
Hanna is a member of the SU Foundation board of directors and is
chairing the Partnership Campaign. "The Perdue Kresge Challenge
presents an excellent opportunity for Eastern Shore residents to
double their charitable gifts. Each dollar contributed to the SU
Foundation Endowment Partnership Campaign will be matched
one-for-one by the Foundation," said Hanna. "It's exciting to
participate in such a powerful fundraising program that benefits
not only the University's outreach efforts, but also the
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore."
The SU Foundation Partners are:
The Center for Conflict Resolution,
which was founded in 1992, and offers a low-cost, confidential
approach to mediating conflicts. Center mediators have served public
and private groups and individuals on the Delmarva Peninsula and
beyond. Center staff and students have provided conflict resolution
workshops at area schools. Salisbury architect Jim McDonald, board
chair, is directing the drive.
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University
presents concerts of classical and popular music throughout the
region. The SSO recently received a $100,000 challenge gift from Dr.
Peter Jackson and his wife Judy to expand symphony offerings. Les
Simpson, a Salisbury accountant, and Dr. Jackson are
co-directing the SSO campaign.
The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
may be best known for its popular genealogical programs and offers
the largest collection of such records on the Eastern Shore. The
Nabb Center preserves collections of local interest and provides
access to valuable records to SU students and amateur and
professional historians. Overseeing their effort is Board Chair
Gordon Wood, a retired attorney from Oceanview, DE.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art was acquired by the University
last year. The Ward Museum hopes to expand its ties to the community
with additional educational programs and exhibits. Leading the Ward
Museum's efforts is insurance executive Henry Stansbury of
The Seidel Scholarship Challenge for
future teachers, launched in response to a generous gift from the
late Sam Siedel and his wife, Marilyn, is the fifth component to the
partnership. This effort is particularly important as SU responds to
the regional and nationwide teacher shortage by increasing
scholarships for students majoring in education. Joining Hanna in
heading the Seidel Challenge is retired executive Wayne Towers, also
an SU Foundation board member.
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