Carl Buck Belt Presented With FSU Foundation Pinnacle Award

March 18, 2015
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Carl "Buck" Belt Presented With FSU Foundation Pinnacle Award

From left are Jane Belt, Pinnacle Award recipient Carl Belt and FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

In recognition of nearly 24 years of continuous service to the Frostburg State University Foundation Board of Directors, Carl "Buck" Belt, Jr., was presented with the Pinnacle Award, the highest honor bestowed by the FSU Foundation, during the University's annual Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership on March 6.

Belt is only the ninth Pinnacle Award recipient since its creation in 1993 to celebrate the time, treasure and hard work given to the FSU Foundation in support of FSU.

"He has served as a mentor to new Board members and students alike, and he was ever willing to lend his name or his time to the efforts of all who worked in support of our institution," said FSU Senior Vice President Stephen Spahr, who nominated Belt for the award.

"I am certainly humbled and honored to receive this Pinnacle Award and to especially be included with the previous eight esteemed FSU supporters," Belt said.

In addition to his role on the Foundation Board of Directors, Belt served on the steering committee for Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, which raised $16.7 million to support FSU, exceeding its goal of $15 million by more than 10 percent. During that campaign, Belt, his wife, Jane, and the Belt Group made significant gifts to support FSU athletics, which cannot be financed through state support or student tuition, and FSU's Annual Fund, which meets the University's greatest needs. Carl and Jane Belt are also members of the Old Main Society, which honors individuals and couples who have included FSU in their estate plans.

As Cumberland residents, the Belt family has long recognized FSU's importance to Western Maryland.

"I must also pay tribute to my father, Carl Belt, Sr., who was a charter member of the FSU Foundation in the early 1970s. In respect to him, there was no question or hesitation when I was asked to join the Foundation," Belt said.

Foundation Board President Mary Clapsaddle said when Spahr nominated Belt, "there was quite a race to see who would make and second the nomination."

"Buck was a member of many committees including Governance, Nominating, Presidential Housing, Campaign Steering, and Development. He served as President of the Foundation Board from July 1997 through June 2000. He has been a major financial supporter and his indirect contributions through work performed by his companies on campus are beyond counting," said Clapsaddle.

In addition to his support for the FSU Foundation, Belt has served community organizations, including the Western Maryland Health Center Board and The Greater Cumberland Committee, and as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church.

Belt connected his personal motivation to help others in his community to a quote from Fred Rogers, creator of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood":

"Anyone who has ever been able to sustain good work has had at least one person\u2014and often many\u2014 who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others."

Previous Pinnacle recipients are Ralph Race, Lillian Wellner, Al Boxley, Walter Hedrick, Leonard Schwab, Kenneth Kennedy, Gladys Faherty and Sam Griffith.

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