A Message from Robert H. Willever ’75

Chair of the East Stroudsburg University Foundation (ESUF) Board of Directors

On May 22, 2014, I was appointed as the Chair of the East Stroudsburg University Foundation Board of Directors. I am honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to working with the following board members to strengthen and expand fundraising efforts in support of the university:

John J. Sickler, Jr. ’93, Vice Chairman
Christopher Yeager ’74 M’81, Secretary Pro Tem / Alumni Association Liaison
Robert A. Shebelsky, Treasurer
William B. Cramer, Esq.        
Roger L. DeLarco ’80 
James Evans ’07
Marilouise McNally
Harry F. Lee, Esq., Council of Trustee Liaison

On February 4, 2014, ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. and former Foundation Board Chair Christian Steber ’91 announced that select fundraising operations and alumni engagement would be transferred from the ESU Foundation to the university as part of an overall endeavor to reduce fundraising costs and consolidate philanthropic activities. Effective March 1, 2014, the university assumed primary responsibility for philanthropic and alumni functions including the Annual Fund, Alumni Engagement, Major Gifts, Communications, and Corporate and Foundation Relations. Meanwhile, the ESU Foundation continues to facilitate accounting, scholarship and database management.  This transition creates a strategic joint fundraising model between the Foundation and University.  The members of the Foundation Board recognize that this model will present both challenges and opportunities.  Our intention is to work in collaboration with the university to identify fundraising goals that align with the university’s strategic plan and to expand the philanthropic culture of the campus and region. By working together, the Foundation will continue to accomplish its mission to provide support to the University and its students.

Please continue to watch the ESU Foundation website for updates on this transition and for information on annual fundraising activities.

Your continued support is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,

Bob Willever ’75