Towson University celebrates inauguration of President Maravene Loeschke
Campus honors its rich past and bright future with distinguished ceremony, seven days of events
TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 7, 2012)—In an event both grounded in academic tradition and elevated through personal reflection, Towson University will inaugurate Dr. Maravene Loeschke as its thirteenth president.
Though her first day as president of her alma mater was Jan. 1, 2012, Loeschke will be officially installed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in an inauguration ceremony to take place Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Towson Center. This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required.
The ceremony is the highlight of Inauguration Week, seven days of events welcoming the new president and culminating in the football season home opener.
Loeschke is the university’s first alumna president since 1947. Originally from Baltimore, she graduated from then-Towson State College in 1969 and again in 1971. She became a theatre instructor in 1970 and spent three decades with Towson, rising through the ranks to become dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Her professional acting career is extensive, and includes four one-woman shows with roles that include Emily Dickinson, Dianna Vreeland and George Sand. Loeschke has appeared in such performances as Lion in Winter, Driving Miss Daisy, The Dining Room and Glass Menagerie, and wrote 5, a play professionally performed in Baltimore at the Theatre Project. She was also a regular on CRABS, a comedy series on Maryland Public Television, and is credited with several commercials and voice overs.
In 2002, Loeschke accepted an appointment as provost of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Four years later, she became president of Mansfield University, where her top priority was the leadership development of students, faculty and staff. Then, last fall, after an eight-month search to replace former president Robert Caret, it was announced she would be the next president of Towson University.
“I found I could go home after 10 years because what I received as a student and what I value—that individual attention and a faculty who care—had not changed,” she said in an interview with Towson magazine.
Loeschke has a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre and English from Towson University and a doctorate from the Union Institute in Cincinnati. She is the author of three books, a monograph, and countless scholarly papers and articles.
To commemorate the inauguration, the university will host a number of events, including exhibits, performances and athletic events, throughout the week of Sept. 9-15.
The week will begin with A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Love Letters, starring Loeschke and her husband, C. Richard Gillespie. The couple has performed this play, which centers on two characters from second grade through adulthood, marriage, divorce and middle age, for many years.
Other schedule highlights include the dedication of the newly installed International Walkway at Tiger Plaza; a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Institute for Well-Being at Towson City Center; and a music concert to honor the heroes of 9/11. Loeschke will also toss the coin when the Tigers take on William & Mary in the football team’s home opener on Saturday, Sept. 15.
For more information about the inauguration ceremony and other events, visit the president’s inauguration website.