As Chancellor of the University System of Maryland—and someone with a strong, 40-plus-year connection to Towson University—it is my pleasure to welcome students back to the TU campus for the start of the Fall 2016 semester and the 2016-17 academic year. I’m sure excitement, and probably some nerves, are especially present for our freshmen, and that returning students are eager to renew acquaintances and embrace adventures that lie ahead.
It was my honor to serve as president of Towson University from 2003 to 2011. Thanks to a dynamic collection of leaders on campus and partners throughout the state, the university during that time continued its rise as a true star in the University System of Maryland. I was delighted in my early days as Chancellor to recommend Dr. Schatzel to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents as a first-rate choice to be Towson University president. This fall marks President Schatzel’s first full academic year on campus. The university’s leadership is in very capable hands.
Towson University really is a special place. It’s a big institution with a small-campus feel. It boasts an accomplished and distinguished faculty. It is supported by a dedicated and professional staff.
Finally, Towson University has an extraordinary student body. You should know that great achievements lie ahead and the greater TU community will work to support you and embrace your efforts. I wish you the best for the upcoming year.