Steve died Feb. 21, 2022, of pancreatic cancer in Frostburg, Md. 

He was born Oct. 10, 1951, in Abington, Pa. Steve was a graduate of Dickinson and earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1984. He was a scholar in the areas of the American presidency and the media and politics.

Steve’s career at Frostburg State University spanned four decades, including time spent as dean of the College of Sciences and 12 years as provost and chief academic officer of the university.

Of the many roles and functions Steve performed at FSU, by far his most cherished was that of professor of political science. He had a particular gift for mentorship and delighted in seeing his students achieve academic and life goals beyond what they themselves ever thought would be possible.

A devoted Phillies fan, Steve regularly attended spring training in Florida. He was also an avid card shark. His favorite pinochle partner was his mother-in-law, in whom he found a kindred spirit in cards, political discussions, and Monk marathons on TV.

Steve is survived by his wife, Lisa Morshead; his brothers, William and Robert; and his nephews, John and David.

Graduate alumni memorials are prepared by the APGA. 

Graduate Class of 1984