Professor, dean, chair, committee member, president, representative, master and volunteer are just some of many hats Dr. Rich Frerichs ’64 has worn in his career. His efforts have benefitted Millersville University, Penn Manor School District and the community in general. At the Council of Trustees meeting last month, Francine G. McNairy awarded Frerichs Millersville University’s highest honor, the President’s Medallion, which honors and acknowledges contributions to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the commitment to the values of higher education.
Frerichs, professor emeritus of educational foundations at Millersville, also served the University as dean of resident life, dean of men, associate director of financial aid and chair of the Department of Educational Foundations. He’s worked closely with the alumni association, serving as president, president-elect and past president, as well as holding positions on alumni association committees. Frerichs continues to play a role in MU athletics. In addition to securing athletic fundraising sponsorships, he has been a voice at football games for 40 years and basketball games for 30 years.
In addition to his most recent recognition Frerichs has been recognized with the alumni association’s Distinguished Service Award (2006) and Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (2010); he received Phi Delta Kappa’s Distinguished Educator Award (1998) and Millersville University’s Sara Lindsley Person of the Year Award (2009-10).
Beyond Millersville University, Frerichs, who has served as president of the Penn Manor School Board for 15 years, has also been a member of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, a member of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators and a member of Lancaster County Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force, to name a few.