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TU Names Maravene Loeschke Next President

Loeschke, a Towson alumna and former faculty member and administrator, rejoins TU from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

Towson University has named sitting university president and former TU faculty member Maravene S. Loeschke as its next president.

Loeschke, currently president of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, assumes her new post Jan. 1, 2012.

"It is a privilege and a joy for me to serve the institution that has given so much to me," Loeschke said in a University System of Maryland press release. "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."

Mansfield, a 3,400-student public university, has many similarities with the much larger TU, the Baltimore Sun notes.

, a longtime communication professor, told the Sun she is "simply the best administrator I've ever seen."

"I didn't always agree with her as I wouldn't always agree with any adminsitrator," he told the newspaper. "But whenever she faced a disagreement, she gave reasons and evidence. The word that I think of with her, above all, is integrity."

Angie Hong, a student representative on the presidential search committee, told The Towerlight that she was one of three finalists for the job and her history with TU made an impression.

Loeschke, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from , worked at the university from 1970 to 2002 as a theater instructor and, during her last five years, she was dean of the college of fine arts and communication.

In 2002, she was appointed provost at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. She has been the president at Mansfield since 2006. In an interview earlier this year with Education-Portal.com, she spoke about her educational philosophy.

"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," University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan said in a press release. "I am delighted to welcome her to the USM leadership team."

Former Towson president Robert Caret left earlier this year to  Marcia Welsh, the university's provost, will continue as until January. 

Loeschke, who was a theater professor for much of her time at Towson,has written books about miming and Baltimore theater.

JDStuts September 20, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Looks like TU was shelved by the regents. Probably a good choice on behalf of the USM so TU as an institution better start to get its head around the new reality - the money's dried up at the state level and apparently from the last campaign at the donor level. Start to think smaller and leaner. Loeschke's got her hands full now. Staffing levels are off for the next Middle States, the money's gone, morale is spiraling down, the value of the product is diminishing and now when you most need the support and engagement of the local community it turns out they hate your institution and students. All of this is part of the ebb and flow. TU had a good ride, probably longer than they should have, but it's time to prioritize for USM.

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