Duke Marshall honored by Perdue School of Business

Dwight “Duke” Marshall, right, receives Salisbury University’s Perdue Leadership Award from SU President Dr. Charles Wight.

For more than three decades, Salisbury University alumnus Dwight “Duke” Marshall has been a business and philanthropic leader on the Lower Eastern Shore.

The Executive Advisory Council of Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business recently recognized Marshall for his contributions to the region, presenting him with the Perdue Executive Advisory Council Leadership Award.

One year after earning his bachelor’s in Professional Studies from SU, the Smith Island native founded Marshall’s Insurance and Financial Services in 1989. Based in Pocomoke City, the Nationwide Insurance affiliate serves five states and Washington, D.C.

As an SU student, Marshall was a member of the Student Government Association, Inter-Fraternity Council and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. For the past 20 years, he has served as an SAE advisor on campus, having earned the SAE Merit Key Award — one of the organization’s highest national honors — for service to the fraternity and greater community.

In 2003, Marshall joined the SU Alumni Association, serving as its president from 2007-2009. He is a member of the SU Foundation, Inc., board of directors, as well as a past member of the board of directors of the Ward Foundation, which oversees SU’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

He also is a member of many community organizations, including the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Smith Island United, Horizons, Worcester County Education Foundation and Salisbury Elks Lodge 817. In addition, he is co-chair of the Somerset County Tourism Board of Directors.

“Duke’s success as an SU graduate provides a model to which our students can aspire,” said Dr. Christy Weer, Dean of the Perdue School. “The fact that he has demonstrated as much leadership in the community as he has in the business world is a testament to his dedication to service instilled during his time with SAE and beyond. The Perdue School is proud to present him with this honor.”

The name of each year’s Perdue Executive Advisory Council Leadership Award winner is engraved on a plaque in the Perdue School. Each honoree also receives a commemorative award.

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