Maravene Loeschke selected as new president of Towson University

A Message from Chancellor William E. Kirwan to the Towson University Community

September 19, 2011

I am very pleased to inform you that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Maravene S. Loeschke as the next president of Towson University, effective January 1, 2012. Dr. Loeschke brings an exemplary career in higher education leadership. She is currently president of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and also has served as provost of Wilkes University.

Maravene S. LoeschkeThis appointment marks a homecoming for Dr. Loeschke, who was born in Baltimore. As many of you may know, she served on the Towson faculty for more than 30 years, from 1970 to 2002. During her last five years at Towson—from 1997 to 2002—she was dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Throughout her career, Dr. Loeschke has focused her leadership on the development of students, faculty, and staff. She has earned a reputation for advancing excellence on campuses as well as developing mutually beneficial partnerships between universities and their greater communities. She also has earned applause for outstanding strategic planning and budgeting, effective program assessment, increasing diversity, expanding online programs, and fundraising. I am confident that she will serve the Towson University community extremely well in the years ahead.

I also thank the presidential search committee for their excellent work under the guidance of USM Regent Louise Michaux Gonzales. The members identified and screened an outstanding pool of candidates.

In addition, I want to take this opportunity to applaud Interim President Marcia Welsh for her leadership. Under her watch, Towson University continues to move ahead and build on its growing reputation of excellence. The Board of Regents and I are extremely grateful to Dr. Welsh for her willingness to serve until the new president joins the campus at the beginning of next year.

We are planning a welcome reception for Dr. Loeschke at Towson for later this week. You will receive more information about the event once the details are worked out.

I know you join the Board of Regents and me in welcoming Dr. Loeschke back home. She is excited about the honor and privilege to serve an exceptional community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. We are confident that Towson University will continue to flourish under her leadership.






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