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The ESU Foundation to Host Dr. Marcia G. Welsh’s Retirement Celebration

The University of East Stroudsburg Foundation will host a retirement celebration for Dr. Marcia G. Welsh, 13th President of the University of East Stroudsburg, on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 5-10 p.m. The event will be held at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships.

Dr. Welsh assumed the role of the first female president of the University of East Stroudsburg in April 2012. For eight years, she provided dynamic leadership and achieved many milestones until her retirement in July 2020. Delayed from two years due to the pandemic, this event will allow Dr. Welsh to reunite again with friends and colleagues. “We are honored to host this event to celebrate Dr. Welsh and his many accomplishments during his tenure at East Stroudsburg University,” said Rich Santoro, Executive Director of the ESU Foundation. “Above all, Dr. Welsh put our students first and that was evident in everything she accomplished.”

ESU’s many accomplishments under Dr. Welsh’s leadership included: adding 3D printing and additive manufacturing to the curriculum; the institution of two new sports at ESU athletics, women’s wrestling and acrobatics and tumbling; create a good neighbor program within the East Stroudsburg community that has enabled administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, police, and borough leaders to connect more closely with local residents and neighbours; support the integration of esports into the academic program of the University; the approval of ESU’s two doctorates (in Educational Leadership and Administration and in Health Sciences); the opening of the institution’s Lehigh Valley Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; establish collaborative study programs with Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University, both in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Ritsumeikan University College of Sports and Health Sciences in Shiga, Japan; announcing the launch of LYME-AID, the first commercial teacher/student research license agreement at ESU and within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Also under his leadership, the university accomplished: the opening of a veteran student center at ESU; launching ESU’s annual Economic Outlook Summit to raise awareness of ongoing economic development initiatives in Monroe County and throughout the Pocono region; the launch of a new website, Made in the Poconos, in cooperation with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Pennsylvania CareerLink and the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation to promote and encourage residents and visitors to shop locally; helping Pocono Medical Center facilitate focus groups and create an online platform to match residents with medical professionals, social service agencies, workshops, and other events focused on health issues; partnered with Stroudsburg Little League for two FieldTurf surfaces and other facility upgrades for baseball, softball and homegrown ESU athletes at Creekview Complex; the establishment of the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU’s Center for Innovation; and the creation of a state-of-the-art marine aquaculture facility in the Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center.

To RSVP for the event, please visit or call (570) 422-3156. The cost is $150 per person. Those who cannot attend but would like to make an additional donation to support scholarships can do so online, by phone or by mail.