A message from President Schatzel

June 21, 2021

President Schatzel sent the following message to the TU community on Monday.

Dear Towson University community,

At their regularly scheduled meeting on June 17, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents supported my request to rename Paca House and Carroll Hall — two residence halls located in Towson University’s West Village. I am most appreciative of the Board of Regents for their thoughtful and thorough consideration of the request and its approval. 

The renaming request resulted from a comprehensive effort over the past year by a 10-member committee comprised of TU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The original names for the residence halls were decided prior to the establishment of our current university naming policy which was approved for use in 2017. The current naming policy requires input from the university’s three shared governance bodies – Academic Senate, Staff Senate and the Student Government Association – and includes naming criteria to guide the committee’s assessment. Similarly, the University System of Maryland last updated its naming policy in 2020 and this renaming process complied with that policy as well. 

The renaming recommendation by the committee was unanimous, as was the support from TU’s three shared governance bodies. The support for my renaming request from the USM’s Board of Regents was equally decisive.

I want to thank the TU renaming committee for their leadership and comprehensive effort throughout this 12-month process. The committee members are:

  • Johnathan Beckett Jr., graduate student
  • Kameron Chung, undergraduate student
  • Leah Cox, vice president of inclusion and institutional equity and OIIE representative
  • Andrew Diemer, associate professor of history
  • Paul-Sean Gray, alumnus and TU Foundation board member 
  • Theresa Jenkins, TU Staff Senate president and representative
  • Deguene Ndiong, Student Government Association president and representative
  • Desirée Rowe, Academic Senate vice chair and representative
  • Ashley Todd-Diaz, assistant librarian for Special Collections and University Archives

I want to extend my gratitude to Vernon Hurte, vice president for student affairs, for serving as chair of the committee and providing great leadership throughout the extensive and thorough process.   

This fall, we will begin work to establish names for the buildings, guided by and in compliance with TU’s policy on naming of facilities. In the interim, temporary campus location designations, West Village 1 and West Village 2, will be utilized to identify these buildings on campus maps.  

Thank you for your continued support of our students and each other. 

Sincerely,

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.
President