Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced her Partners for Progress in the Community Initiative in 2004, inspiring the campus to work diligently to strengthen town-gown ties.
As the initiative states, "Since the founding of this institution in 1925, the greater Salisbury community has played a significant role in ensuring the existence and success of Salisbury University. …Were it not for the support of the area community, SU would not be the exceptional institution it is today."
One of the pillars of a Salisbury University education is community outreach and civic engagement. Each year, students in some 100 organizations perform more than 35,000 hours of volunteer service, from mentoring local children to removing litter from highways. Likewise, many faculty and staff support community causes personally as well as through campus offices and programs.
This Partners for Progress Web site contains more useful information about these efforts.