Maravene S. Loeschke became the 13th president of Towson University on January 1, 2012.
A Baltimore native, Dr. Loeschke spent more than three decades at Towson University climbing the faculty ranks and ultimately became the dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication before leaving in 2002 to serve as provost of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
During her tenure at Wilkes University, Dr. Loeschke was credited with shaping undergraduate mentorship, creating the University Diversity Action Plan, reorganizing academic divisions and increasing funding for faculty development.
In 2006 Dr. Loeschke became president of Mansfield University and oversaw the development of the school's first inclusive strategic plan, and focused on diversity on campus and the relationship between the university and the community.
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.
Dr. Loeschke holds a master's in education and a bachelor's degree in theatre and English from Towson University. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Union Institute in Cincinnati.
Although Dr. Loeschke chose to follow a career in higher education, rather than in the professional theatre, she remained active in the performing arts. For twenty seasons she performed in the Maryland Arts Festival, including four one-woman shows. She directed more than 20 plays. Her play "5" was professionally produced at the Theatre Project in Baltimore.
Dr. Loeschke is the author of three books, a monograph, and numerous scholarly papers and articles including; All About Mime (Prentice Hall), The Path Between (a historical novel on Emily Dickinson’s niece), and Sixteen Women Who Changed Baltimore Theatre.