New president chosen for Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University has a new president. Here's who he is and what he'll earn.

The University System of Maryland has tapped an administrator who started new degree programs at a Pennsylvania university as the next president at Frostburg State University.

Ronald Nowaczyk, 64, has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at public Clarion University in western Pennsylvania since 2011. He is to succeed Jonathan Gibralter, who left Frostburg in June 2015 to become the president of Wells College in New York.

"Frostburg State's history and mission in serving the state and region speak to the commitment and dedication of its faculty and staff," Nowaczyk said in a statement. "I hope to help the university enhance its value as an educational leader and economic partner in western Maryland."

Nowaczyk is to start May 9 and earn an annual salary of $270,000. At Clarion, Maryland officials said, he started degree programs to respond to student and workforce demand, increased online program offerings and developed a plan to increase enrollment and graduation rates.

"Ron Nowaczyk has the experience to lead and grow a comprehensive campus in today's challenging environment," University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret said in a statement. "He is a great fit on both a personal and professional level for the Frostburg community and Western Maryland. I believe he will bring the energy, vision, and strategic leadership the campus needs to move forward."

Earlier jobs included dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, associate vice chancellor for economic and community development at East Carolina University and chair of East Carolina's Department of Psychology.

Clarion and Frostburg are in some ways similar. Clarion has about 6,000 students, while Frostburg has 5,600. Both schools are in rural locations.

Tom Bowling, who served as interim president, will go back to his former position as vice president for student affairs.

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