SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach: ‘We’ve become more diverse, more inclusive, more compassionate’

It was way back in October when Salisbury University made the announcement that Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach would step down this June. No one saw it coming. The plan, the university said then, was that Dudley-Eshbach would take a sabbatical, during which she’ll be an adviser to the university and new president, and then return to […]

Q&A: Builder Chris Eccleston has busy agenda

In January, Chris Eccleston assumed the reins as Chairman of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, a move which he describes as “a natural progression” because he has served the inner-workings of the the business support organization for so many years, The founder of the upstart Delmarva Veteran Builders, Eccleston served six years in the […]

Q&A: PRMC’s Peggy Naleppa — ‘It starts at the top’

Margaret “Peggy” Naleppa has been a part of our community for nearly two decades — and what a difference she has made. As President and CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, she led Maryland’s eighth-largest hospital through huge changes in the health care industry, adding outpatient facilities across the region and working to improve the […]

Cam Carte rallies former Bennett teammates to remember a fallen hero

The word “Family” is engraved into the side of the three dozen or so State Championship rings to be presented Oct. 28 to celebrate the James M. Bennett football team’s magical run in the 1980s. “Family” is how former JMB quarterback Cam Carte remembers the Clippers’ glory years — a strong network of athletes, coaches, […]

Q&A: Folk Festival manager Caroline O’Hare has long to-do list

It’s difficult to image who in the community will be called upon to do as much work in the community — and under extreme pressure — then Caroline O’Hare. Selected from a field of more than a dozen candidates who applied for the position, O’Hare is Salisbury’s Local Manager for the National Folk Festival. That […]

John Hall’s passion lies in the airport

John Hall, his wife, Carolyn, and their business, Hall’s Tidewater Travel, have been fixtures for decades in the Salisbury community. While always a civic leader, Hall stayed on the fringe of politics, leaving the elective limelight to his spouse, who was the sitting City Council President when she ran for mayor in 1998. When Bob […]

Salisbury Rising Q&A: Brad Gillis, Joey Gilkerson

Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson are the sons of Salisbury’s most-prominent developers, Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson of business mainstay Gillis Gilkerson. While their dads garnered a great deal of attention over the past 30 years, the spotlight has shifted to Joey, 29, and Brad, 35. Their ambitious redevelopment projects are changing Salisbury, while promoting […]

Q&A: Veatch has big plans for SBY Regional Airport

Wicomico County has a new star who is wowing everyone she meets. Since Dawn Veatch took control of the Salisbury-Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport in February, the facility has launched a rebranding campaign, has a new website, planned a festival for May 20, all while winning attention as Veatch has publicly poured out ideas for ways to make the airport more economically centric to the region.

Q&A: Chamber’s Colburn retiring — again

When the board members of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce were faced with the surprise resignation of their Executive Director in 2012, the group that helps promote and empower Salisbury businesses knew where to turn for help. Ernie Colburn, the Chamber’s previous-year president and community leader, was tapped to run the business group on […]

Q&A: Matt Creamer reflects on service to Wicomico

From 1973 through 2001, Matthew Elmer Creamer III was the man behind the curtain in Wicomico County’s government. During those decades, the county operated under a model in which the County Council ran things as a collective. Creamer, their Administrative Director, was their hired gun who oversaw the county departments, prepared their budgets and guided […]