From left: Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.,
SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach
and Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele
SALISBURY, MD---Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele, held a regional cabinet meeting at Salisbury University today where they also honored area citizens and organizations for their contributions to Maryland.
Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach welcomed the packed house in Holloway Hall Auditorium. She thanked Governor Ehrlich for his record of support for SU, which includes dramatic increases in the State’s operating budget and funding for two new academic buildings. “At Salisbury University, we have persevered through times of recession and fiscal hardship, and we are now poised to take advantage of Maryland’s restored economic prosperity,” said Dudley Eshbach. “This wouldn’t have happened without Governor Ehrlich’s leadership and support, and I want to publicly thank him today for being a steadfast friend of Salisbury University.”
“Whenever the lieutenant governor and I visit an educational institution, all you need to do is meet the principal or the president for 10 minutes, and you know the quality of education of that institution. I cannot tell you how proud I am of you,” the governor said to Dudley-Eshbach. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of this school.” Higher education, the University System of Maryland and Salisbury University have never been better, he added.
Several area leaders and organizations with ties to the University were honored for their ongoing record of excellence in public service. They included civic leader and SU benefactor Mitzi Perdue, whose family foundation recently announced an $8 million gift toward a new home for the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business; Edward Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Delmarva and chair of the SU Foundation, and Dr. Memo Diriker, director of SU’s Business, Economic And Community Outreach Network, BEACON, for their service to the SU Foundation; the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, also affiliated with the University, for providing cultural experiences to area residents and fostering environmental and cultural awareness for over 10,000 children annually; and Salisbury’s Promise and SU’s ShoreCorps/PALS (Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore) Program, for their service to local youth.
Wicomico County native Lewis Riley, who represented the Eastern Shore in the Maryland General Assembly before going on to serve three governors as Secretary of Agriculture, received a special tribute for his extraordinary career in public service from both the governor and Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Incorporated. Surrounded by family and friends on stage, Riley received a standing ovation and several accolades including a surprise video of his life.
Below are some photos of the day’s events.
From Left: Secretary of Higher Education Calvin W. Burnett, President Dudley-Eshbach, Governor Ehrlich, Mitzi Perdue and Lt. Governor Steele
From left: Lt. Governor Steele, President Dudley-Eshbach, Edward Thomas, Memo Diriker, Governor Ehrlich and Secretary Burnett
From right: Governor Ehrlich, Ken Basile, President Dudley-Eshbach, Lora Bottinelli, Lt. Governor Steele and Ward Museum members
George Whitehead, center, and members of Salisbury's Promise and ShoreCorps/PALS with Lt. Governor Steele and Governor Ehrlich
Michael Scarborough, founder of SU's Scarborough Student Leadership Center, center, with Governor Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Steele
Members of the Governor's Cabinet gave a standing ovation to Secretary of Agriculture Lewis Riley, center, as he received one of several accolades from Governor Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Steele
Secretary Riley with colleagues, family and friends during a surprise tribute by Governor Ehrlich and Lt. Governor Steele
Secretary Riley, center, received congratulations from his director of communications, Sue Dupont, left, and his daughter, Terri Jones, right.
From left: Michael Scarborough, President Dudley-Eshbach, Secretary Riley, Diane Savage, Irving Shen and Fred Lankford were among those attending a reception for the Secretary of Agriculture at the SU Alumni House
President Dudley-Eshbach congratulated
Secretary Riley on his achievements
Irving Shen, left, and Albin "Hondo" Handy,
joined Secretary Riley at the reception
Judge Daniel Long, left, and Gerald Truitt, right, also
congratulated Secretary Riley during the reception