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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach stunned the community with her announcement that she will be stepping down in June of 2018. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at her reflections on her time in higher education.

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After 18 years at Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach will step down at the end of June next year.

Dudely-Eshbach said it was time for a change adding that change was good for both individuals and institutions.

She said,”It is emotional for me. I’ve shed a few tears. And the reason for that is I love this place. This for me has been a dream job. I love the people here. There’s no better place to live. And, I love the Eastern Shore. So, it’s been emotional for me.”

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach announced that she will be stepping next year at the end of June.

She said she would not be retiring but would take a one year sabbatical to prepare to return to the faculty to teach in the Spanish department.

Dudley-Eshbach said she would serve in a role of Special Advisor to the university to help her successor through the transition as well as doing some  fundraising work and special projects during her sabbatical.

She arrived at the university 18 years ago and has added numerous buildings to the campus.

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U.S. News and World Report has put Salisbury University on its list of the Best Colleges for 2018.

There are 620 universities in the Best Regional Universities category which is divided geographically into North, South, Midwest and West.

The criteria ranges from academic reputation and graduation rates to financial resources and student selectivity.

Dr. Karen Olmstead, the university’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, noted that for the last two decades SU has been named one of the top regional universities by the publication.

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A graduate from Salisbury University just picked up a cool $100-thousand.

Daquan Mincy got the cash when he went to see a taping of the television show ”Ellen”.

He was chosen from the audience by comedians Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mency said the experience was crazy sending him to jump with joy.

And, his student loan debt of $50-thousand can now be a thing of the past.

Mincy will receive his Masters Degree this month.

He is the first in his family to get to go to college.

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On May 20th, the Ward Museum and Salisbury University will be celebrating the cultural history of the Eastern Shore ranging from the famed Skipjack to Smith Island living. It's called the Delmarvalous Festival. And, says Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that they may be famous for carving of decoys, but reminding us of a way of life.

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The city of Salisbury and Salisbury University announced yesterday the Buy a Home, Build a business program.

The program provides up to $5-thousand for a down payment and closing cost to help university students start businesses in the city.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said that one of her top priorities was to create a strong partnership with the  city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jake Day said he wanted to get Salisbury University students to remain in the city.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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It looks like ice hockey will be coming to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center – perhaps as soon as October of 2018.

County Executive Bob Culver made the announcement today.

He was joined by Jim Calpin who represents investors who buy minor league sports teams.

The announcement comes after a report that found bringing a hockey team to Worcester County looked problematic.

Culver said that Wicomico County is different.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach is once against listed as an influential Marylander in a list compiled by the Daily Record.

Dudley-Eshbach told the Salisbury Daily Times that this reflected the hard work of the faculty and staff of the university in shaping the lives of the school’s students.

The only other Eastern Shore representative on the list was Peggy Naleppa president and CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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