East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect StreetEast Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999570-422-3211www.esu.edu
Interim PresidentKenneth Long
The Center for First-Generation Student Success has recognized East Stroudsburg University as one of 53 higher education institutions nationally to be named to its First-Gen Forward cohort for its “demonstrated commitment to advancing first-generation student success.” First-Gen Forward is the first national recognition program to acknowledge institutions of higher education for their commitment to first-generation student success.
The Warrior Promise, ESU’s assurance of a guaranteed four-year tuition rate, was the first program of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania.
ESU joined the Autism Collaborative Centers for Excellence (ACCE) and its affiliates with the establishment of a Center for Autism Education, with funding from the All One Foundation.
ESU was the first institution in the State System to commercialize a student/faculty research project in Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. It has since been rebranded under the internationally-recognized CUTTER brand. Additionally, ESU’s PA Tick Research Lab has received two $500,000 state grants to provide free tick testing for PA residents.
ESU was one of 50 institutions nationwide to receive the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, for its Clear Path and ESportsU Foundation programs.
ESU was named one of only 10 “Best of the Best Schools” finalists during the 2019 Pennsylvania National Guard Associations awards celebration.
Melissa Shaw M’11- Co-founder of Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. Lyme-Aid is the first student-faculty research project commercialized in the history of ESU
James Franklin ‘95 – Named Penn State’s 16th head coach in 2014
Dr. Sam Niedbala ’82 - Founder of OraSure Technologies, Inc. (and later OraQuick) in 1989, the first rapid HIV tests in the U.S. that were approved for use with blood and saliva. Since then, Niedbala has been responsible for development of new products and technologies
Harrison Bailey Ed.D. ’21 – Named Pennsylvania’s 2021 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association
Len Lehman ’94 and Dan DiZio ’95 - Founding partners of Philly Pretzel Factory. DiZio was featured on CBS’s "Undercover Boss" in 2012 and served as ESU’s inaugural speaker for the president’s distinguished entrepreneur speaker series.
Best of the Best Schools FinalistsPennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS)
Top 50 NationallyInsight Into Diversity
A Center of ExcellenceAll One Foundation
President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. is the driving force behind exciting initiatives at ESU including collaborative degree programs with universities locally and abroad, the first commercial licensing agreement of faculty/student research at ESU and PASSHE, and Monroe County’s first-ever Economic Outlook Summit. Passionate about serving ESU students and the local community in which she lives, she serves on the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the NEPA Association of Colleges and Universities, Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board, and more. President Welsh is also a member of the Marine Science Consortium board of directors. Follow her on Twitter @PresidentWelsh! Learn more.