FSU center chief gets 2nd job

August 29, 2000

FSU center chief gets 2nd job

By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

James Shaw, president of the Frostburg University Center in Public Square, has taken on the additional job of interim project director of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

Shaw will remain FSU's president while handling the new job, said Charles Middleton, the University System's vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Shaw said the two jobs have some overlap because four University System colleges offer classes at the Frostburg Center.

Robert Sweeney resigned as campus project director in June.

Shaw said he volunteered because he wanted to offer his skills and experience to help fill the position temporarily.

"I think it is a matter of drawing upon the experience that Frostburg collectively, and I individually, acquired over the years," he said. "It is a chance to be the eyes and ears of the system."

He is to fill the position until June 30, 2001, when another person would come on board for an undetermined amount of time, doing presumably the same work, he said.


Shaw was not interested in staying on for more than one year, Middleton said.

Shaw's replacement could be the center's first campus director when it opens, possibly around fall 2003, system spokesman Chris Hart said. Construction is scheduled to start in November 2001.

Shaw also was chosen because he is involved in the community and knows Washington County and the region, Middleton said.

In addition, because he is familiar with the University System, it did not take much conversation or work to bring him up to speed on the project, Middleton said.

"He knows this community very well, and he will give us a lot of good advice in making the center a major asset for all of Western Maryland," Middleton said.

Shaw will do the same type of work that Sweeney was doing: Administration, program management and being a liaison at meetings.

Shaw has been at Frostburg State since 1993. Prior to that, he was an associate dean and director of academic advising at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for 22 years. He also taught literature there.

He served as an assistant dean and director of academic advising at the University of Michigan for five years before that.

Shaw received a master's degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1957. He received a doctorate in English from that school in 1966.

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