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The Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland invite nominations and applications for the position of President of Towson University. This position became open in April, 2011 when the previous president, Dr. Robert Caret, was appointed as President of the University of Massachusetts System.

The President of Towson University is the chief executive officer of the institution. The ideal candidate will be a proven, outstanding leader who can articulate a compelling vision of academic excellence in liberal arts; effectively fundraise; strongly advocate for institutional resources; develop a strong sense of community with an appreciation of shared governance; demonstrate an unfaltering commitment to diversity; and actively foster an environment of intellectual pursuit and personal growth for students, faculty and staff. The President, reporting directly to the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), operates in accordance with policies and procedures established by the USM Board of Regents.

Founded in 1866, Towson University is located on a beautiful 328-acre setting in the suburban community of Towson, Maryland, just north of Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington D.C. Towson
University is ranked tenth among the best Master’s institutions in the North by US News and World Report in its 2011 America’s Best Colleges guide. Forbes named Towson University as one of the 100 “Best College Buys” in America, and includes Towson among its 500 Best American Colleges.

Faithful to its history and mission, Towson defines itself as a comprehensive, metropolitan, liberal arts university with a strong commitment to teaching and providing an inclusive learning environment that welcomes students, faculty, and staff of different backgrounds and prepares them for success in a diverse world. With 21,840 students enrolled in Fall, 2010 it is the largest university in the Baltimore area and the largest comprehensive university in Maryland. Towson University plays a vital role in the educational, economic, and cultural life of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, and enjoys a strong regional and national reputation for quality undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, fine and performing arts, and professional programs in business, education, and the health professions. Towson's student body works closely with more than 640 distinguished tenured and tenure-track faculty. With eight colleges; 63 undergraduate majors; 44 masters programs and four applied doctoral programs, Towson University offers a rich array of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A complete application should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and a current curriculum vitae or resume. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by July 25, 2011. Confidential review of applications will begin in late summer, 2011 and continue until an appointment is made. Applications, nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded in confidence to:

John K. Thornburgh, Jean A. Dowdall, Ph.D. and Howard T. Jessamy

Towson University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Towson University's policies, programs, and activities comply with federal and state laws and University System of Maryland regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity and/or expression or sexual orientation. For more information about Towson University, please visit www.towson.edu






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