Exner, Moriarty to receive 2009 Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards

Honorees to receive awards May 11

TOWSON, Md. (April 24, 2009)—The annual Maryland's Top 100 Women award recognizes successful female professionals who give back to their professions and communities by mentoring others and through personal community involvement. The Daily Record will honor Charlotte Exner, Deb Moriarty and their fellow recipients with an awards ceremony on May 11 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

Dean Charlotte Exner
College of Health Professions

Exner joined TU’s Department of Occupational Therapy in 1982 as an assistant professor with a research focus on hand skill development in children. She was appointed department chairperson in 1990. During her eight-year tenure she helped develop a master’s program for non-occupational therapists as well as an outreach program in Western Maryland.

Exner was appointed dean of the College of Health Professions (CHP) in 1998. Under her leadership the CHP launched its first applied doctoral program, the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) In 2000 it added a Doctor of Occupational Science (Sc.D.) degree program—only the second of its kind to be offered by a U.S. institution.

Well known for her resourcefulness in finding ways to collaborate with community colleges, Exner teamed up with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to develop the Physician Assistant Program, which allows students in that program at CCBC-Essex (entering with a baccalaureate degree) to earn a master’s degree from TU while earning a certificate from CCBC.

Exner also found ways to link Towson students and faculty in interdisciplinary teams to address community needs, including the longstanding Stroke Survivor Group. She encouraged the development of a Medical Fitness program as an extension of Towson’s Wellness Center program with St. Joseph Medical Center.

Vice President Deb Moriarty
Division of Student Affairs

Moriarty has devoted more than 30 years to higher education. In 2004 she was appointed TU’s vice president for student affairs, a division comprising 15 departments and more than 100 staff members committed to enhancing students’ social, cultural, ethical, physical, spiritual and intellectual development. Moriarty oversees a wide array of programs and services including campus life, support services for students, diversity initiatives, housing, student rights and responsibilities, counseling, health, and substance abuse education.

Since joining TU, Moriarty has implemented numerous new programs and services, including the Leadershape® Institute, a national nonprofit student leadership program designed to help young adults build leadership skills from practical experiences. Another initiative, an intensive Welcome to Towson program for new students, includes a New Student Convocation that serves as a formal introduction to the campus community.

Moriarty has also worked diligently toward strengthening Towson University’s relationship with the local community. She helped develop the University Relations Committee, a sub-group of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations. Through this relationship, TU has co-sponsored events such as the semiannual Towson Town and Gown Clean-up, which matches student leaders with community volunteers. 

Moriarty serves on the boards of directors for Baltimore’s Collegetown Network, the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region II Executive Committee, and as convener of the University System of Maryland Vice President for Student Affairs group. She has also served on the steering committee to establish the Maryland Campus Compact.






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