President's Biography

Dr. Ronald H. Nowaczyk

Dr. Ronald Nowaczyk, 15th president of Frostburg State University, brings more than 35 years of higher education experience to his position, most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Pennsylvania’s Clarion University. Nowaczyk’s first year in Frostburg has been spent listening to the challenges and opportunities ahead for FSU and Western Maryland as he leads the University community in developing a new comprehensive strategic plan.

Before joining Clarion in 2011, Nowaczyk served in numerous positions in higher-education administration, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven (2006-2011), associate vice chancellor for economic and community development at East Carolina University (2003-2006), and chair of ECU’s Department of Psychology (1998-2002). He also served for a year as an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Delaware (2001-2002).

Prior to his administrative roles, Nowaczyk began as a faculty member in psychology, and he remains a passionate educator. Nowaczyk started his career with the Department of Psychology at Clemson University in 1977, where he remained in a succession of faculty positions through 1998. At Clemson, Nowaczyk served as president of the Faculty Senate, his first experience with administrative duties. In 1998, he was hired as chair of the Department of Psychology for East Carolina University. He has continued to teach throughout his administrative career.

Beyond academia, Nowaczyk served as human factors research consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1989 to 1990, and as a visiting scientist at the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering at NASA Langley Research Center in 1997.

Nowaczyk makes time as well to serve his local community and the broader higher education community. Locally, he serves on the boards of directors of the Western Maryland Health System, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Bishop Walsh School and on the education committees for the Allegany Chamber and the Greater Cumberland Committee. He chairs the board of directors for the Capital Athletic Conference, and serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Campus Compact and the governance council for the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking & Related Problems. On a national level, he is a member of The Renaissance Group board of directors and the American Association of State Colleges & Universities Committee on Sustainable Development.

He visited the White House in September 2016 for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an invitation extended based on FSU’s long, successful commitment to community service and civic engagement.
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Ronald H. Nowaczyk, Ph.D.