SALISBURY, Md. - On Wednesday, Salisbury University's president announced that she will be stepping down, in Salisbury.
Salisbury University officials say on Wednesday, Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, the university's president, announced her decision to step down as president which is effective on June 30, 2018, in Salisbury. Dr. Dudley-Eshbach is the first woman to be appointed as president of Salisbury University since her appointment as the eighth leader of the institution in 2000. According to officials, she is University System of Maryland's longest-serving female president and is the second longest-tenured president in SU history.
The university's transformation and growth is credited to Dudley-Eshbach's leadership and strategic vision including raising the student population since her arrival from 6,400 to currently over 8,700, over seeing creation of almost a third of SU's majors and the first two doctoral programs, growing the international student population to include students in 2017 from over 60 countries, and growing the number of minority students from 11 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in 2017. In reference to her tenure at SU, Dudley-Eshbach says, " Change is good, for institutions and individuals. Eighteen years is a long tenure for any university president, especially in today's world." During her tenure, the SU Foundation's net assets have grown from $27.1 million to $74.7 million, an increase of 175 percent.
Prior to her leadership role at Salisbury University, Dr. Dudley-Eshbach served as president of the largest of the nine institutions in the State College System of West Virginia, Fairmont State University. Her teaching career began at Allegheny and Goucher colleges. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and a Spanish major, she earned her Ph.D. from El Colegio de Mexico.
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