Maravene Loeschke Appointed President of Towson University
is Alumna and Former Faculty Member and Dean of TU
Adelphi, MD (September 19, 2011)-Orlan M. Johnson, chair of the University System of
Maryland (USM) Board of Regents, today announced the appointment of Maravene S.
Loeschke as president of Towson University (TU). Loeschke is currently
president of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Her new appointment is
effective January 1, 2012.
As president of Towson
University, Loeschke will return to the institution from which she earned both
her master's degree in education and her bachelor's degree in theatre and
English and where she began her higher education professional career. Beginning
in 1970, she spent more than 30 years at Towson moving up through the faculty
ranks and serving as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication from
1997 to 2002.
"We are very pleased that Dr.
Loeschke has accepted our appointment as president of Towson," said Chairman
Johnson. "Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the kind of leadership
needed to keep institutional goals on track in both good and difficult economic
times. Her inclusive leadership, unfaltering focus on excellence, and her
ability to generate alternative funding sources will serve the university, our
system, and the State of Maryland well in the years ahead."
In 2002, Loeschke left Towson
to accept the appointment as provost of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
During her four years at Wilkes, she is credited with the success of several
initiatives, including shaping an undergraduate experience centered on
mentorship, creating the University Diversity Action Plan, reorganizing the
academic division into schools, initiating the development of learned outcomes
assessments for academic programs, and increasing funding for faculty
Her presidency of Mansfield
University since 2006 also has been marked with distinction. Loeschke oversaw
the development of the university's first inclusive strategic plan and the
establishment of a budget dedicated to the plan's goals. She reorganized the
university's administrative structure to achieve greater efficiency and
effectiveness, strengthened the relationship between the university and the
community, and brought greater focus to diversity and inclusion on campus.
"Clearly, Dr. Loeschke brings
a philosophical alignment with the USM goals of closing student achievement
gaps, increasing the number of young people in Maryland with college degrees,
and responding to the state's workforce and economic development needs," said
USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan. "Even in the face of unprecedented budget
cuts in Pennsylvania, Dr. Loeschke was still able to move Mansfield University
forward, exhibiting the courage to undertake significant organizational and
administrative restructuring to maintain momentum. I am delighted to welcome
her to the USM leadership team."
"I also want to express my
deep gratitude to the presidential search committee," said Kirwan. "Under the
outstanding leadership of USM Regent Louise Michaux Gonzales, the committee of
faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community representatives during the past
seven months identified and screened an exceptional pool of candidates."
Loeschke was born in
Baltimore. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson, she
earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from The Union Institute in Cincinnati. She has
been active in leadership and mentoring programs for women in higher education
and is a professional actress. Her
awards include the Towson University Alumni Service Award and the U.S. Postal
Service (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Martin Luther King Service Award for commitment to
diversity at Wilkes University.
Loeschke will succeed Robert
Caret, who left Towson University in April to become president of the
University of Massachusetts System. Since Caret's departure, Marcia G. Welsh
has served as acting president and will continue in that position until
Loeschke joins the university in January. Welsh will return to her position as
the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"We owe an enormous debt of
gratitude to Dr. Welsh who continues to serve Towson during this interim period
so ably," said Chancellor Kirwan. "Her leadership is maintaining the
university's impressive momentum."
"I am deeply grateful to the
Board of Regents and Chancellor Kirwan for this opportunity," said Loeschke.
"It is a privilege and a joy for me to serve the institution that has given so
much to me. My Towson education provided the groundwork for my professional
career and my personal life. I honor the university's long history and deeply
respect its current reputation for excellence. My passion is to lead Towson
University into the future. The excellence of the faculty, staff, and alumni
provides the potential for a luminous future.
"At the core of Towson's
past, present, and future is serving students and their professional and
One of the 12 institutions of
the University System of Maryland, Towson University is recognized among the
nation's best regional public universities. TU offers more than 100 bachelor's,
master's, and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences and
applied professional fields to more than 21,000 students. As a metropolitan
university, TU combines research-based learning with practical application. Its
many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private enterprises
throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships, and jobs.
For more information about
Towson University, visit: www.towson.edu
Contact: Anne Moultrie