Towson University President Resigns Due to Health

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Maravene Loeschke (Towson University)
Maravene Loeschke (Towson University)

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke announced she is resigning her position, effective Friday.

Loeschke, a Towson alum who became president in 2012, was diagnosed with adrenal cancer in April. She was on leave since August. Timothy Chandler served as acting president while Loeschke was on leave, and will continue to do so. A search committee will be convened in the spring, University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan said in a statement. The committee will be convened by USM’s next chancellor, Bob Caret, who served as Towson University president from 2003-2011.

Here is Loeschke’s complete letter to the university community:

It is the deepest sadness of my life that I find I must resign as President of Towson University because of my health. I was to return in January to continue guiding our goals and vision, but my health will not allow me to give Towson the 100% of my attention that it deserves, which any University deserves from its President.

Dr. Timothy Chandler has done a remarkable job as acting President. He and the President’s Council have kept us on mission and vision with great expertise. Acting Provost, Dr. Maggie Reitz, has done an extraordinary job doing the same with academic affairs. The Deans and Chairs were at the center of the semester’s work with their flexibility and dedication to keeping our students’ education undisturbed.

And dear students; it is impossible for me to express adequately how much you and your success mean to me and how much I will miss you.

We all know how important our staff is to every success we have for our students. Once again they have stepped up and been a part of the team that kept the semester smooth and exhilarating.

Any day I have spent at Towson as a student, faculty, chairperson, Dean, and President has been a precious gift and I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve you all.

Thank you all for making it possible for me to attempt to fight this disease that so many of us are addressing.

With Love, gratitude, and respect,

Maravene Loeschke


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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