‘Towson is going places’
James F. Brennan,TU’s recently named provost and vice president
for academic affairs, says he knew a good deal about the campus
long before he actually set foot on it.
“Towson enjoys a fine reputation as a student-centered institution,”
he said during a January 13 visit. “The university takes pride
in educating students in the traditional liberal arts—critical
thinking, effective communication, multicultural experiences and
so on—but in a way that also emphasizes the world of work
they’ll be entering upon graduation. That’s a special
model at which Towson really excels.
"I think this is an institution that is really going places."
Brennan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University
of Louisville, said he’d also heard about President Robert
L. Caret and his successes at San Jose State University. “We
hadn’t met, but I knew he was a person of superlative vision
and energy,” he says. “All of that was confirmed in
"I also discovered that Bob Caret has a great sense of humor
and brings a lot of joy to the job of president.”
Brennan says he and his wife Mary, a retired elementary school
principal, are house-hunting in advance of his March 1 start date.
“It’s such a neat area,” he says, although as
prospective homebuyers from the Midwest he concedes they've experienced
“some sticker shock.”
But TU’s new provost also emphasizes his longtime ties to
the East Coast, which include family in addition to several professional
experiences. “Our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren
live in Bethesda, just an hour away.
“They’ve already asked us to babysit,” he says
with a laugh.
Story by Jan Lucas
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