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Thursday, December 3, 1998

Announcing the formation of the Eastern Shore Association of College (ESAC) Presidents

SALISBURY, MD--Presidents of the five public and private colleges anduniversities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland signed an historic Memorandumof Agreement here today, establishing the Eastern Shore Association of College(ESAC) Presidents to develop inter-institutional strategies to expand educationalopportunities for students and to promote the higher education servicesand economic development of the region.

The five member institutions of ESACand their respective presidents are: Chesapeake College, Dr. Stuart Bounds;Salisbury State University, Dr. William Merwin; University of Maryland EasternShore, Dr. Dolores Spikes; Washington College, Dr. John Toll; and Wor-WicCommunity College, Dr. Arnold Maner.

The association takes a regionalfocus toward higher education needs on the Eastern Shore. Outreach oriented,the association hopes to build on the individual strengths of each collegeas it broadens the array of educational services available to the region.Individual citizens, organizations and businesses throughout the EasternShore should have access to a full range of postsecondary programs and servicescomparable to those available anywhere in Maryland.

Together, the presidents are seekingto share and to utilize fully the limited institutional resources, to avoidduplication, to enhance information exchange and to make full use of specializedfaculty talents, programs and unique research or instructional facilities.Their objectives also include structuring solutions to problems which cannotbe dealt with effectively by one institution.

One of the association's immediatepriorities is to survey student and employer interests for upper-level academicprograms. In particular, the association wants to learn what programs business,health care and education employers want for their employees. Once thisinformation has been collected, the association will formulate strategiesfor addressing those needs.

The presidents will meet quarterlyto assess higher education needs and opportunities in the region.

Eastern Shore Associationof College Presidents

Presidential Quotes

Dr. Stuart M. Bounds
Chesapeake College

"The formation of this association and the commitment of its member presidents to extend baccalaureate and graduate level education throughout the Eastern Shore reflects a major breakthrough in the delivery of higher education in the state of Maryland. All the public and private colleges and universities in the region are now coordinating their efforts to fully address the needs of this region and each of its citizens."

Dr. William C. Merwin
Salisbury State University

"A hallmark of higher education on the Eastern Shore of Maryland has been the cooperative and collaborative efforts of the colleges and universities, four-year and two-year, public and private. This agreement will redouble our efforts to provide the citizens of the region with the educational and economic resources necessary for success in the 21st century."

Dr. Dolores Spikes
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

"The community colleges and universities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland have combined their resources in a formal agreement to provide the Eastern Shore of Maryland and indeed the entire state of Maryland with better educational opportunities, and additionally enhances economic development for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This is truly a model for the rest of the state and for the nation."

John Toll
Washington College

"One of the Eastern Shore of Maryland's greatest assets is its group of five colleges and universities. Educated citizens, economic growth, political leadership and social progress are all dependent on the fine colleges and universities represented by this new group. By sharing our resources and combining our visions, we will forge an ever stronger higher educational community for the Eastern Shore."

Dr. Arnold Maner
Wor-Wic Community College

"At this time when the public is demanding greater accountability for the use of public funds, we need to do whatever we can to maximize our resources. This association can provide the framework to carry on an on-going dialogue where we can share ideas and develop programs and services that focus our resources in a comprehensive strategy to benefit the residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore."

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