New Vice President Set

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October 20, 1991

OCEAN CITY — WESTMINSTER -- Richard F. Seaman, most recently vice president for Development at Bowdoin College in Maine, has been chosen vice president for institutional advancement at Western Maryland College.

Seaman, who has had a distinguished career at some of the country's most prestigious institutions as well as with the nationally recognized Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education, will begin his duties at Western Maryland Dec. 1.

He was chosen from a crowded field on the basis of his broad and deep knowledge and understanding of how liberal arts colleges work. Both of his parents had administrative positions at Oberlin and Colby colleges.

Seaman received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1955, then went on to earn his master's from Western Reserve University in 1966. His first work in higher education was as an admissions counselor at Oberlin in the late '50s, followed by a two-year stint in the armed forces as chief of the personnel services division at Caribou Air Force Station in Maine. In 1960 he returned to Oberlin,handling three different administrative tasks for the president and the development office over the next 11 years.

From 1971 to '84 heserved as associate vice president and director of development at Brown University. While there he was responsible for developing The Campaign for Brown, a highly successful capital campaign which eventually raised $182 million for the institution.

In 1984, Seaman was invited to assume the position of vice president for development and alumni affairs at Skidmore College, where in just four years he designedand implemented the largest capital campaign in the school's history. He moved on to Bowdoin in 1988, where as vice president for development he masterminded the final stages of the college's $56 million Campaign for Bowdoin.

While there, he oversaw the alumni affairs, fund-raising and other relevant functions for the institution.

Seaman has distinguished himself in various capacities at CASE during the past decade, serving on a number of special task forces, advisory andlong-range planning committees, and the council's board of trustees.

He is one of only 13 nationally known college administrators and faculty members serving on a national task force to study the ethics of advancement in higher education.

The panel, sponsored by CASE and the Dartmouth Ethics Institute and supported by grants from the Lilly and Kellogg foundations, is planning to issue its findings in a landmark book in the coming months.

Seaman succeeds Walter L. Wahlen, who will retire as vice president for college relations at the endof the year.

Seaman and his wife, Susan Curtis, will reside in Westminster.

The couple has three grown children.



OCEAN CITY -- Charles Zeleski of Sykesville was elected to the Maryland Classified Employees Association's board of directors by the 520 delegates to the union's 1991 annual convention here.

An 18-year state employee and member of MCEA, Zeleskiserves as the assistant director of Environmental Health for the Carroll County Health Department.

He deals with the public and other county agencies and participates in the department's planning and budget preparation.

He oversees a staff charged with ensuring the provision of clean air and water, seeing that food is properly stored and prepared at county food facilities, and ensuring that housing developments are constructed safely.

Zeleski serves on the board of theEldersburg-area Homeowner's Association.

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