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July 14, 2014
Dear Towson University Community:
I hope you are having a great summer and taking time for family and relaxation.
Towson continues to attract high quality students who clearly value being part of a large, diverse community with the “small-campus feel” and personal approach that Towson can only offer through your efforts. Enrollments for Fall 2014 are, yet again, very strong and we anticipate a total student body of almost 22,800 for this academic year.
Nearly 37 full-time faculty and other staff members retired this past spring. Therefore, this August we will welcome almost 40 new full-time faculty and many new staff members to the university who will bring new ideas and new approaches to keep Towson a vibrant and thriving academic community.
On the budget front, we are appreciative of the Governor’s and University System of Maryland’s continued support of higher education. An overall 6 percent increased budget appropriation, along with increases in tuition, help support our educational mission, despite a required mid-year budget reduction. The University Budget Office worked with the System to make necessary adjustments through internal reallocations without impacting campus department budgets.
Specifically, the FY2015 budget prepares the campus for the fall opening of the new Towson University building in northeastern Maryland, across from Harford Community College.
In FY2014 salary increases for faculty and staff included the 2 percent COLA in January and the 2.5 percent merit in April 2014. For FY2015, the recent 2.5 percent merit increase in July and an additional 2 percent COLA in January 2015 are budgeted.
On August 22nd, with the ribbon cutting of the pedestrian bridge across Osler Drive we will celebrate another beautiful campus gateway. The new bridge will provide safer passage for the 3,000 students, faculty, and staff who navigate between West Village and the academic core of campus every day.
Please also mark your calendar for the President’s Address on September 11th at 4pm in Stephens Hall Auditorium.
Finally, I am pleased to report that my radiation treatments are complete. I am cancer free and feeling great. I thank you deeply for your generous support to me during this challenging time.
I look forward to fall and a productive, exciting year.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
See you soon.
Office of the President
Administration Building, Room 331