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Dr. Charles Wight Introduction Ceremony at Salisbury University. Video courtesy of PAC14.

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Incoming Salisbury University President Charles Wight made an appearance on campus during what he calls a listening tour with students, faculty and staff. He told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush he takes the approach of enabling them to develop a better education experience.

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The Delmarva peninsula is struggling with rising sea levels with many towns along the coast carrying out efforts to mitigate the impact. Meanwhile, Maryland has been in the forefront of efforts to rein in greenhouse emissions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Ashley Lawson, senior fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University to talk about solutions.

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The Peninsula Insurance Company is shutting its doors in Salisbury this summer leaving most of its 50 employees to look for new jobs.

The Donegal Group said around 40 will be laid off with the rest going to its headquarters in Marietta, Pennsylvania.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that termination cost will come to around $2 million but the closure is expected to save around $3.7 million a year.  

The company was founded in 1960 by Samuel Seidel.

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Charles Wight has been named the new president of Salisbury University and will begin his term on July 1st.

He will succeed outgoing president Janet Dudley-Eshbach who is stepping down after 18 years of leading Salisbury University.

Wight has been president of Weber State University in Utah since 2013.

Wight issued a statement that called Salisbury University a great institution and said that he would be ready to lead it come July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he led a $164 million fundraising campaign which had an original goal of $39 million.

Dr. Charles Wight Named New President of Salisbury University

Apr 3, 2018

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Charles Wight president of Salisbury University (SU), beginning July 1, 2018. Wight will succeed Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who announced last fall her plans to step down from the position after 18 years.

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Arby’s is out.

Starbucks is in.

The Arby’s fast food restaurant on South Salisbury Boulevard that sits across from Salisbury University is closing after being in business since the 1960’s.

There have been a number of fast food restaurants that have left the area.

Arby’s itself will move on to a location on Route 50 near Wor-Wic Community College.

Meanwhile, Starbucks will enter the picture and will join Rise Up as coffee café.

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Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, has been recognized by Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business with the Perdue Leadership Award.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was presented at a reception at the university’s Perdue Hall.

Frank Perdue endowed the school that has his name in 1986.

Last year Jim Perdue celebrated the school’s 30th anniversary as the guest speaker at the semi-annual Perdue Executive Leadership Series.

He has also served on the University Foundation’s board of directors.

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Salisbury University has opened a $3.8 million baseball stadium across from Sea Gull Stadium.

It’s the latest athletic addition for President Janet Dudley-Eshbach who walked out onto the pitcher’s mound to throw out the first ball.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that over the years the university has added new facilities for football, lacrosse and field hockey.

In addition there is a new soccer arena and softball stadium.

The opening was supposed to take place on February 10th but was postponed because of bad weather.

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Supporters of legislation that would ease restrictions on the craft beer industry held a forum at the Salisbury University Art Gallery yesterday afternoon.

Len Foxwell, chief of staff for Comptroller Peter Franchot, stressed the need to end the restrictions that tied craft producers to distributors.

In addition, the measure would lift production limits at the breweries.

Meanwhile, there is another measure that would return many of the restrictions that had been eased by last year’s legislation.