Here at Salisbury University, 2016-17 was another banner academic year. After leading the campus for 17 years, I know every day that I have the best job in the world. We have students, faculty and staff who continue to earn national and international recognition; and alumni and friends like you, who continue to invest in the University with time, talents and treasure. We could not be more grateful.
We continue to see many physical changes on campus, providing students, student-athletes and coaches the excellent facilities they deserve.
Last fall, we opened the $117 million Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, made possible by a generous $8 million gift from the Guerrieri Family Foundation in honor of matriarch, Patti Lou.
The next day, we cut the ribbon on a turf field and video scoreboard at the also very new Sea Gull Stadium. In February, we added a hugely improved Softball Stadium. With more athletics complex upgrades on the horizon, SU will boast some of the best outdoor facilities in all of Division III.
Looking to the future, I announced a $5.5 million gift from Dave and Patsy Rommel to support SU’s new Center for Entrepreneurship in downtown Salisbury and other activities of the campus and the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. This special investment supports the economic development efforts of SU and the surrounding community by providing a place for new business ideas and collaboration to grow.
The SU Foundation also is thinking about the future with the purchase of some 8.5 acres of land south of main campus on Route 13. The location gives the University flexibility in the short and long term for growth and expansion. It also bolsters our campus footprint to its largest size to date – over 200 acres.
I encourage you to visit our campus. Thank you for your continued support of Salisbury University.
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