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Spring address outlines University’s future

10 February 2013 By Jonathan Munshaw, News Editor 7 Comments
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University President Maravene Loeschke reflected on her first year in office and previewed the years to come in her 2013 spring address Wednesday.
Loeschke first took time out of her 45-minute speech to thank the faculty, staff and students who have worked with her through her tenure as president, and highlighted some of the most successful programs at Towson, including the Center for Adults with Autism and the new transfer program.
Men’s soccer and baseball teams still face elimination, a decision Loeschke has not finalized, she  said in her speech.
“Towson University is committed to financial sustainability to the athletic program, compliance to Title 9, and remain competitive in our division,” she said in her speech. “No state funding goes into athletics, they have to raise it themselves, as students pay for it in their fees and they fundraisers they hold themselves.”
She also outlined her top 10 priorities for the University as a part of her strategic plan.
The strategic plan, which runs through 2016, outlines 46 action items, which Loeschke and her council brainstormed.
One of the points that Loeschke said she wants to focus on is the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.
“Towson is the only institution in Maryland to replicate the UTeach program to increase the number of students taking STEM teaching classes,” she said.
Through the UTeach program, STEM majors are able to take education classes, in an effort to increase the number of STEM teachers who enter the workforce after graduation.
Loeschke also emphasized her goal for every student at Towson to find an internship prior to graduation.
“In order to accomplish this, Towson is going to need to emphasize partnerships,” she said. “One of the most special things I found from being out and about is that once somebody has a Towson intern they want more. This speaks volumes to the quality of our faculty and our students.”
In the coming months, she will meet with the heads of the colleges, University Senate and Student Government Association to decide which items receive priority.
Student Government Association Treasurer Ben Mendelsohn said by being transparent with her plan, Loeschke showed she is a strong leader for the University.
“It  worked as a platform to showcase all of the awards and honors that Towson has received over the year,” he said. “It showed that we are growing on a path that will strengthen Towson’s influence and student experience.”
Loeschke has turned to the SGA to for help regarding the athletics cuts. Mendelsohn said is important to their relationship with the president.
“President Loeschke isn’t just a President,” he said. “She’s a listener, a supporter and a person who respects the student voice. When the SGA thinks of initiatives or ways to improve campus we never question whether anyone will listen or care about student opinions.”
SGA Chief of Staff Kennard Wallace said in the future he hopes they SGA can work more closely with Loeschke to accomplish her goals.
“The president has been nothing short of amazing when it comes to assisting the Student Government in our endeavors in the fall semester and I can only hope that continues,” he said.
Loeschke closed out her address by recognizing three students who she thought represented the spirit and message of Towson.
One of the students she spoke about was senior Matt Jeffers, an acting major who suffers from dwarfism.
The president commended Jeffers for his positive outlook on life, as well as a letter he sent to the Baltimore Ravens during their mid-season struggles, which coach John Harbaugh shared with the entire team.
“He endured over 20 surgeries and medical procedures during his young life,” Loeschke said. “Despite his challenges, Matt knew he wanted to attend Towson and be a theatre major. He was determined that his short stature wouldn’t stop him. I can vouch for his talent as an actor, as can anyone who saw his performance in Glass Menagerie on campus.”
Loeschke wanted the attendees to see some of the most impressive students at Towson, and she said that while she highlighted the three students, many more like them exist around campus.
“This is what we do, this is what we do well,” she said. “This is what current students and alumni say we do well. Let us continue to enjoy and respect our students, our mission and each other.”


7 Comments »

  • 2009 Alumni said:

    I don’t get how granny keeps delaying the decision about the men’s soccer and baseball program while student athletes keep suffering everyday she keeps delaying this decision . This old women has put shame on Towson University and should not be the president. She made a promise to have a decision last year but still nothing . Caret was an outstanding president that truly cared about Towson and its student athletes . All the expansions on Campus were because of Caret and now grandma is ruining all the progress Caret made throughout his tenure . What significant thing has this moron made since she became the president ? Nothing !!! She just enjoys the far paycheck and the big house given to her by student tuition money .

  • SMH said:

    She’s delaying the decision because the Athletic Director made the entire pitch while purposefully omitting important information that would have potentially swayed the decision in another direction. You are upset with her for taking a long time to make a decision, however, you haven’t pointed any of your frustration toward the guy that made the recommendations to cut the teams in the first place.

    By the way, Waddell was hired by Bob Caret.

    What significant contribution has she made since becoming president? She was inaugurated in September. Many of these changes she’s made have been organizational and creating and infrastructure to move the university forward. Not everything is brick and mortar. Not everything is touchdowns and goals. Open your mind and realize how foolish you down.

    That big house she lives in was actually purchased illegally by the president that preceded Caret using state funds. He was then fired, but the purchase had already been made and the house belonged to the state. The housing market crashed and the state would have lost significant money trying to resell it.

    Also, don’t call her granny you condescending, narrow-minded asshole.

  • joe said:

    Don’t worry. The regeants plans are to only have her in place for another year or two then she will be gone. She is a necessary evil while they iron out the specifics of the college park-umb collaboration. Towson will be back on the funding block in 2014 or 2015….

  • joe said:

    SMH, please tell me how someone with a liberal arts degree from a correspondence school is fit to run a university of this size. She was a failure at Mansfield and they were glad to see her go….

  • 2009 Alumni said:

    SMH is a known supporter of Towsons granny president , he is routinely making positive posts about her whenever someone rightfully Criticizes her so i wouldn’t be surprised if he personally knowns . And what a hypocrite for getting mad at me for calling her a granny and then calling me an asshole . Caret had the right resume and the fact that he is now the president at a better school only confirms the fact that he was a great president for Towson . On the other hand this granny does not have the right resume and came from a little known school and people were celebrating the fact that she left that little known school . It’s clear she is not fit to be the president of such a big school and instead she should be spending her time playing bingo . Sure , caret did hire the current athletic director and Waddell did some good things by turning around the football program and now the basketball program but I’m
    100% sure if Caret were still the president Waddell wouldn’t of even tried eliminating the baseball and soccer program . But since we have a unknown old woman as our president hat doesn’t know anything about sports Waddell is taking advantage to pursue his agenda of focusing on his 2 favorite programs football and basketball and this granny is playing along and its taking her this long to not do anything while Caret would of denied Waddell’s request at a blink of an eye . You didn’t list one achievement of this grandma at her tenure at Towson , to make it easier why don’t you list a few of her achievements at her previous school . This granny calls all Towson students her kids , that’s ridiculous being that she should consider them students and professionals because this isn’t a high school . You can continue supporting this old lady all you can but that won’t change the fact that she’s failed at her previous positions while Caret had been more successful at every proceeding positions his held and he will be missed at Towson forever . Next time you walk by West Village or go to the new Areana or the countless other new buildings on campus just don’t forget to thank Caret . Also , next time you hear about Towson’s admission getting harder year by year with higher GPA’s and other successes in academia don’t forget to thank Caret .

  • TU Alum 2006 said:

    In response to SMH:

    Interesting that you would call 2009 Alumni narrow minded when you yourself accuse Waddell of “purposefully omitting important information.” Where did you hear this? If you wouldn’t mind sharing I would appreciate it.

    President Loeschke’s website states that Waddell made the same recommendation that the athletic task force made after “having spent hundreds of hours of analyzing data, budgets, rosters, and Title IX regulations, exploring 13 alternative options, and listening to concerns expressed in open forums and emails.”

    With regard to any conspiracy theories, Loeschke’s website also states that those “misperceptions” are completely inaccurate.

    Public universities, like Towson, do not receive any funding from the state for their athletic departments. Any money raised is through ticket sales, student fees, fundraising, sponsorships etc. With all that being said, Towson still supports the second largest amount of sports programs (20) in the CAA behind Delaware. It is also worth noting that Delaware also has the largest annual budget in the CAA while Towson is ranked at #11.

    The cutting of sports programs is also very common within the NCAA and even the CAA. In fact, over the past 20 years the CAA has dropped 29 sports teams while only adding 18. A net loss of -11.

    It was originally anticipated that Maravene would have a final answer in November, she did not. She stated that she would need to think about it and have an answer once the spring semester began. Towson has been in the new semester for three weeks now.

    It is well known that Maravene cares, perhaps too much, about being popular with the students. She knows that not cutting the programs will undermine the entire athletic department. But if she does cut the athletic departments then she just became an unqualified and also unpopular president. This is a lose lose for her and she knows it.

    This is a clear example of Loeschke not being able to make tough decisions and would rather put them off.

  • TU Alum 2006 said:

    Also, I can’t remind people enough that she likes to refer to herself as “Dr”. Loeschke even though the PHD she received from the Union Institute was unaccredited. To add insult to injury, even after the Union Institute received accreditation:

    “The Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program came under scrutiny by the Ohio Board of Regents in the late 1990s early 2000s, which scrutiny culminated in its 2002 Reauthorization Report. The report was critical of the Union Institute’s Ph.D. program, noting in particular that ” … expectations for student scholarship at the doctoral level were not as rigorous as is common for doctoral work … ” (OBR 2002 Reauthorization Report, page 13). The Union Graduate School was dissolved and the Ph.D. program was restructured.”

    She also received a vote of no confidence from the faculty of the last school she was president it, Mansfield University.

    Yikes!!

    Unfortunately, i think Joe hit the nail on the head with his first comment.

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