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Monday, March 21, 2005

SU President one of Maryland's Top 100 Women

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach joins a distinguished class of leaders today with the announcement of her selection as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

The honor, bestowed by The Daily Record, a business-based newspaper in Baltimore, recognizes the outstanding achievements of professional women who reside or work in Maryland.

Dudley-Eshbach became the eighth president of Salisbury University in June 2000, the first woman to hold the office in the University's 75-year history. Prior to her appointment, she served as president of Fairmont State College in West Virginia and held faculty and administrative positions at three colleges and universities. She earned her Ph.D. from El Colegio de Mexico in 1986.

Dudley-Eshbach has guided the University in new directions through a series of initiatives, including expanding shared governance, promoting increased diversity among students, faculty and staff, and improving town-gown relations.  A Latin American scholar who is fluent in Spanish, she has been a champion of international study for  students,  increasing opportunities for foreign study in all academic disciplines.

With the highest graduation rates in the University System of Maryland, SU achieved its first Top Tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report in 2003 under Dudley-Eshbach. The campus of 7,000 also has earned high rankings in other publications, including guides from The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Magazine and Kaplan’s Publishing. Dudley-Eshbach has overseen the opening of one new academic building on campus, the $42 million Henson Science Hall, one of the largest science facilities in the state, and has been key in the development of at least one more, the proposed Teacher Education and Technology Center.

The Daily Record created Maryland’s Top 100 Women to draw attention to the contributions being made by women throughout the state. This annual program is designed to recognize the women who not only have achieved professional success, but who also have contributed to bettering the communities in which they work and live. They also play an active role in mentoring the younger generation.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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