(L-R) Dr. Rich Frerichs and President Francine G. McNairy

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.

This article has 18 comments

  1. What a great example you have set for us all! Congratulations!

  2. Congrats; you were always so approachable while serving in the financial aid office, and helpful to the food service student payroll manager (me!). Thanks for your positive impact in the M-ville community and community at large.

  3. Wow! Incredibly well-deserved – it was an honor to work with you at MU and PM. You do what is best for kids…from the heart.

  4. Congratulations Rich. You had a remarkable career. It has been a long time since Al Distefano and I shared a room next door to you in Roddy Hall our freshman year. In fact, 53 years.

    Ken Gover, Class on 64

  5. Way to go, Charder!! Who knew you’d grow up to be so outstanding in your field!? You’ve given so much to so many. You truly deserve this fine award.

  6. He is indeed “Mr. Millersville”!!

  7. I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient! Congratulations, Rich – you’re truly an inspiration and I’m super thankful to have you as a mentor!

  8. Cynthia Pagotto

    You go, Rich! No one deserves it more.

  9. Congrats, Rich! An award richly deserved – thank you for all of your service!

  10. Congratulations from a former Bard Hall RA (when you were with Dean Bucher – long time ago). Your career and commitment to the Ville is second to none.

  11. It warmed my heart to hear this news!! You always go above and beyond for all that is “Millersville”. So happy that your passion has been recognized.
    Congratulations Rich!!

  12. Always upbeat and happy , good for you Rich .

    Jim Robertson

  13. Dennis Denenberg

    I was at the Council of Trustees meeting when my good friend Rich received the Medalalion. It was exciting to hear the citation read by President McNairy, a close friend of both Rich and his late wife, Marsha. It was obvious to me as I saw the smiles and heard the applause that the biggest KUDOS came from Marsha’s aura that filled the room.
    Hooray for Rich!

  14. Veornica Longenecker

    Congratulations, Rich!! An honor you definitely deserve! It has been a pleasure working with you and knowing you over the years. ;

  15. Cisco Feliciano

    Congrats Sir! Always Positive and friendly.God bless.

  16. Rosemary Fisher

    Rich, you have always been a giver of your time and talent.
    Congratulations! Well deserved.

  17. This is an honor well deserved. Rich has dedicated his life and passion to Millersville with such a positive attitude and sense of dedication that is unsurpassed by anyone I know.

  18. Kim McCollum-Clark

    “Richly” deserved, Rich! We still miss you and your terrific abilities!

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