Maravene Loeschke is the 13th president of Towson University
Former TU professor and dean takes top spot Jan. 1
TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 1, 2012)—Maravene Loeschke is the newest president of Towson University. Officially taking the helm on Jan. 1, Loeschke returns home to the institution where she was a student, a teacher and a dean.
In 1970, Loeschke began a 30-year career at Towson, serving as a professor and, from 1997 to 2002, as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
She left Towson in 2002 for a post as provost at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, where she shaped an undergraduate experience centered on mentorship, created the University Diversity Action Plan, initiated the development of learned outcomes assessments for academic programs and increased funding for faculty development.
Loeschke became president of Mansfield University in 2006, where she oversaw the university's first inclusive strategic plan and a budget dedicated to its goals. She reorganized the university's administrative structure to achieve greater efficiency, strengthened the relationship between the university and the community, and brought greater focus to diversity and inclusion on campus.
"We are very pleased that Dr. Loeschke has accepted our appointment as president of Towson," said Orlan Johnson, chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. "Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the kind of leadership needed to keep institutional goals on track in both good and difficult economic times. Her inclusive leadership, unfaltering focus on excellence, and her ability to generate alternative funding sources will serve the university, our system, and the state of Maryland well in the years ahead."
Addressing the campus community at a reception following her appointment in September, Loeschke expressed her pleasure in returning to her alma mater, and pledged her commitment to the educational philosophy that she learned at Towson.
"Towson gave me a wonderful education—an education of the whole person that laid the foundation for anything I have ever done," she said. "I pledge my energy, ethics, experience, respect and passion to work with you to move Towson to the next level of excellence regionally, nationally and internationally."
Loeschke earned her bachelor's degree in English and theatre from Towson in 1969, and received her master's degree in education in 1971. She earned her doctorate in philosophy from the Union Institute in Cincinnati.
Loeschke succeeds Robert L. Caret, who left Towson in April to become president of the University of Massachusetts System. Towson University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia G. Welsh served as interim president from April to December 2011.