2005 Budget Testimony
In February 2004, I launched a presidential initiative
entitled “Partners for Progress: The Salisbury Community and the
University.” This initiative was, in part, a response to community
concerns regarding the growth in student enrollment at SU and the impact
of this growth on local residential neighborhoods. A Town-Gown Council,
composed of community leaders, business people, residents, and SU staff,
faculty, and students now meets regularly to discuss issues and find
ways to enhance mutual respect and build good community relations. The
initiative has led to a number of successes.
The University has partnered with the City of Salisbury in
erecting street lights in nearby neighborhoods where a large number of our
students live and in planning for a vehicle right-of-way leading to a private
student housing project several blocks from campus that will provide hundreds of
new beds by Fall 2005.
In another partnership with the City of Salisbury, the University
is sharing funding for a new “live near your work” program that will provide
incentives for faculty and staff to purchase homes in close proximity to the
University in an effort to maintain the residential nature of the area
surrounding our main campus.
New scholarship funds have been earmarked for local high school
and Wor-Wic Community College graduates to ensure that the children of our local
citizens are financially able to attend Salisbury University.
For the past two years, our student government association has
co-hosted, in collaboration with Urban Salisbury, a local non-profit downtown
development group, the “Party on the Plaza,” one of a number of events designed
to attract our students and the community to the downtown area.
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