Kim Schatzel

There is nothing like fall on Towson University’s campus. I loved scooping Rita’s Italian Ice for new students and their parents during move-in weekend, cheering on the Tigers at football games, and watching the leaves turn colors over
historic Stephens Hall.

This fall has been an especially good one for TU. Last month, we earned one of our highest spots ever in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, placing in the top 10 public regional universities in the north and coming in first among the six regional USM institutions. We welcomed an incoming freshman class that is one of the largest, most academically prepared and most diverse in TU history. And we gladly accepted incoming transfer and graduate classes that are 10 and 12 percent larger, respectively, than just a year ago.

“We welcomed an incoming freshman class that is one of the largest, most academically prepared and most diverse in TU history.”

Did I mention our projected fall 2017 enrollment is now 22,700 students—its highest ever? Yes, it’s been a very good fall.

You will find more good news in this issue, including a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, national honors for four College of Health Professions faculty, and TU research to save millions of dollars for U.S. agriculture.

You can also read a feature on two people that personally inspire me. Myra Harris ’59 and Marvis Barnes ’59 were the first black students to earn bachelor’s degrees at Towson University. Their story of leadership and resilience contains important lessons for all of us as we embark on a new season and new academic year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

—Kim Schatzel, president