Symbols of The Office

The President's Medallion

The Frostburg State University medallion is a replica of the seal of the University and is worn by the President at all formal academic convocations as a symbol of leadership and responsibility vested in that office.

The Presidential medallion is die-struck metal with a highly polished gold finish. The design depicts a torch and book atop a column encircled by the name Frostburg State University and the founding date of the University, 1898, with mountains in the background. The torch and open book symbolize the enlightenment of higher education, while banners on each side proclaim the dual mission of the University: Scholarship and Leadership. The mountains represent not only the location of the University, but timelessness and endurance, and the column represents the University’s foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. The seal’s original design was the result of a competition among the members of the junior class of 1960. By class vote, student Janet Beadle’s design was selected.

The FSU Mace

In the Middle Ages, the mace was a weapon used against armored warriors. It evolved through the years into an ornamental staff which served as a symbol of the authority of the ruler. Colleges and universities have adopted the mace as a decorative staff or baton which is carried by the grand marshal of the institution in all formal academic processions. The mace is also displayed at other significant events.

The Frostburg State University mace was crafted from mountain walnut which was milled in nearby Flintstone, Maryland, in 1945. The grain pattern of the quarter-sawn wood was enhanced by laminating side sections to a central shaft which was then turned, point-to-point, on a wood lathe. To obtain a high-gloss finish, ten coats of trewax were applied while the mace was turned at high speed on the lathe. The fine detail work around the medallions and the final coating of wax were done by hand.

The design of the Frostburg State University mace is based upon the recorder, a woodwind musical instrument. Two die-struck replicas of the University seal are affixed to the top.

The mace was designed and crafted in 1986 by Dustin Davis of the Frostburg State University Department of Visual Arts.

The President's Medallion
The FSU Mace