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.