Terry Cooney named interim provost of Towson University
College of Liberal Arts dean will begin new appointment April 20
TOWSON, Md. (April 6, 2011)—Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia Welsh has named Terry Cooney as interim provost of Towson University. Cooney has served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2006. His appointment to the interim position is effective April 20, 2011.
The selection follows Towson University President Robert Caret’s announcement earlier this year that he is leaving his position to lead the University of Massachusetts System. In response, University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan named Welsh as interim president.
Both Welsh and Cooney will serve in their interim positions until Caret’s successor is named and joins TU later this year. Until then, Welsh says Cooney is “eminently qualified to play a significant role during the transition.”
Prior to joining Towson in 2006, Cooney served for seven years as academic vice president and dean of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wa. He holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Stony Brook, as well as a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Harvard College.
Chancellor Kirwan in February appointed the search and screening committee for the new president of Towson. Chaired by USM Regent Louise Michaux Gonzalez of the Hylton and Gonzales Law Firm, the committee members have already begun their work, which will conclude with the recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the USM Board of Regents. The board will make the final appointment.