A message from President Schatzel

February 15, 2021

The Towson University community is looking forward to a full offering of in-person learning, residential housing and campus life in the fall.

Dear faculty, staff and students, 

As we begin our 12th month of largely-remote working and learning, it is time to prepare for a transition and to look forward to better days ahead. You have all demonstrated a remarkable resolve under extremely trying circumstances, and I want to thank all of you—students, faculty, and staff—for your commitment to each other during these difficult times. 

Now, as we carry the hope and optimism of spring, I am heartened by the small steps we’re taking toward a return to what brings us all together: our beautiful campus. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll start to take greater strides as we begin to increase our on-campus presence while abiding by all local, state and federal health and safety guidance. With expanded testing and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, we hope to begin resuming some in-person events and programs on campus as the weather warms up this spring. 

TU is planning on a full offering of in-person learning, residential housing and campus life in the fall. While more detailed plans — including course options, schedules and deadlines — will be shared in time, we’ve already begun to plan and convey some of this in town halls and in conversations around campus.  

We will continue to put the health and safety of our community first, and will follow all best practices as outlined by our federal, state and local partners. On campus, these efforts are being led by our COVID Response Leadership Team. That team, which coordinates TU’s strategic management of protocols around COVID-19, including key leaders from divisions across the university:

  • Chair, Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs 
  • Ben Lowenthal, Vice President of Administration and Finance
  • Vernon Hurte, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Sean Welsh, Interim Vice President of University Marketing & Communications
  • Steve Jones, Associate Vice President of Human Resources
  • Charles Herring, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
  • Bruce Griffin, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer

We’ll, of course, need to continue Tigers Care health and safety practices — proper mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing and personal work and learning space cleanliness — as we go.

As we’ve learned to manage through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are increasingly confident in the ability to return this fall with a campus that looks much like what we all remember — activity on Burdick Field, performances in the Center for the Arts, collaborative work inside our classrooms, labs and research spaces, and joining together at Unitas Stadium for a football game to hear the TU Marching Band perform at halftime. A vibrant, inclusive, engaging campus community is an integral part of what makes TU a top-100 public institution in the nation.

We’re looking forward with hope.

None of this can be accomplished without us all — faculty, staff and students — working together to continue to show that Tigers Care. 

There is much to be proud of at Towson University, and together, there are great things ahead.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.

Melanie Perreault, Ph. D. 
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs 
Chair, COVID Response Leadership Team