TU honors Nancy Grasmick, seven other prominent alumni

Maryland superintendent of schools receives Distinguished Alumni Award

TOWSON, Md. (May 5, 2006)—Towson University honored Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick and seven other alumni at a May 5 banquet in the University Union’s Chesapeake Rooms.Dr. Nancy Grasmick

Nancy S. Grasmick ’61, appointed in 1991 as Maryland’s first female state superintendent of schools, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Grasmick is known for her strong focus on student achievement, teacher quality, emphasis on early childhood education and parent involvement, and her unwavering support for adequate public education funding.

Under her leadership, Maryland’s schools have been nationally recognized for their achievements. For four straight years, Education Week, the nation’s leading education newspaper, gave Maryland an A for its K-12 standards and its system of assessing, reporting and holding schools responsible for improving achievement.

In addition, the following alumni received Dean’s Recognition Awards  for their professional growth and accomplishments:

  • Stephanie M. Beran ’80, vice president and director of risk management for Legg Mason, Inc., will receive an award from the College of Business and Economics.

  • Winnie Balzer Flattery ’60/’83, former library director at the St. Paul’s School for Boys, will be recognized by the College of Education.

  • Deborah Tillett ’76, president of computer software company BreakAway Ltd., will be honored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

  • Rebecca Landa ’77, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will receive an award from the College of Health Professions.

  • Patrice Harris ’95, anchor for Fox 45 Morning News, will be recognized by the College of Liberal Arts.

  • George R. Famini ’78, chief of International Programs at the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command in Edgewood, Md., will be honored by the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

  • William Lawrence ’72, nationally recognized painter, teacher and co-editor and publisher of The Palette Magazine, will receive an award from the College of Graduate Studies and Research.


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