Towson Provost Marcia Welsh Named Interim President
Interim President Marcia Welsh
Adelphi, Md. (March
28, 2011) -- William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland,
has appointed Marcia G. Welsh as interim president of Towson University (TU). Welsh
has served as the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs
since 2009. Her appointment to the interim position is effective April 20,
The appointment of Welsh follows Towson
University President Robert Caret's announcement earlier this year that he is
leaving his position to lead the University of Massachusetts System. Caret's
new appointment is effective July 1; he will leave the Towson presidency April
19. Welsh will serve as interim president until Caret's successor is named and
joins TU later this year.
"I am very pleased that Provost Welsh
has accepted this appointment," said Chancellor Kirwan. "I am confident that
her experience and success as an effective higher education administrator will
serve Towson University well during this transition period."
As provost and vice president for
academic affairs at Towson, Welsh is responsible for all academic, curricular,
and faculty affairs. Prior to joining Towson in 2009, she served for seven
years as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Adelphi
University in New York. Earlier in her career, she was associate provost and
dean of the graduate school at the University of South Carolina.
Welsh holds a Ph.D. in anatomy from the
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a master's degree
in anatomy and a bachelor's degree in physical sciences from Colorado State
"I am honored to be selected as interim
president of Towson," said Welsh. "I have come to love the Towson community and
take pride in the remarkable growth of this institution. During this transition
period I will work to continue the forward momentum Towson has attained in
Chancellor Kirwan in February appointed
the search and screening committee for the new president of Towson. Chaired by USM
Regent Louise Michaux Gonzalez of the Hylton and Gonzales Law Firm, the
committee members have already begun their work, which will conclude with the recommendation
of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the USM Board of Regents.
The board will make the final appointment.
Contact: Mike Lurie