Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg, Celebrated GMU Provost, Named As Towson University's 15th President


Dr. Mark Ginsberg has been named as the 15th President of Towson University. (Credit: Towson University)

TOWSON - The University System of Maryland (USM) named Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg as the 15th president of Towson University on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman, revealing that Ginsberg, who currently serves as the provost and executive vice president of George Mason University (GMU), will assume his new role on October 30, 2023.

Ginsberg will take over from former President Kim Schatzel, who announced that she was leaving to be the next president at the University of Louisville in November 2022. TU Provost Melanie Perreault has led the university as interim president since February 1, 2023.

During his tenure at GMU, Ginsberg established a student support architecture that resulted in a first-year retention rate of 87 percent and a nearly 70 percent six-year graduation rate. This success model involved expanding living-learning communities at GMU, strengthening academic advising, introducing success coaches, and overhauling the university's orientation and first-year experience programs. Before his provost role, he served as GMU's dean of the College of Education and Human Development for 10 years. He was also executive director and CEO of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Dr. Ginsberg completed his master's degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1975 and completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also licensed as a psychologist in Maryland.

"As a Maryland resident of more than 40 years, I've witnessed TU's remarkable rise in becoming not only one of the most respected institutions in our state but one of the best in the nation. I have been blown away by the energy, vibrancy, and passion that surround the campus and by the unparalleled priority the university has in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a genuine commitment to 'belonging.' I was drawn to TU because of its mission and everything it embodies: academic innovation, personal and workforce development, inclusive excellence, and community stewardship. TU is an engine for success for its students, the Greater Baltimore region, and the entire state. As we enter the next phase of growth together, I believe we have the opportunity, and a shared responsibility, to go from 'great to even greater." Ginsberg said in a news release.

The appointment of Dr. Ginsberg as the 15th president of TU resulted from an intensive national search conducted by the USM Board of Regents in association with executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.

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