Kim Schatzel

As the largest university in Greater Baltimore, Towson University is committed to an even greater leadership role in the state and region. Across the nation, colleges and universities are serving as “anchor institutions” to help their communities thrive.

Towson University is an established presence—an anchor that has spurred the economic and intellectual vitality in the region for 150 years. One of our new priorities, BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, places increased emphasis on strengthening our connections and engagement with the community and businesses.

“Towson University is an established presence—an anchor that has spurred the economic and intellectual vitality in the region for 150 years.”

In September, we announced a partnership with Margrave Strategies to develop a comprehensive analysis of how TU’s mission and priorities can better connect and strengthen the community in which we reside. Guided by internal and external input, the firm is helping us better leverage and activate both the resources and demands of the institution and greater community to create vibrancy through development.

This fall, we completed the first phase of the initiative with Margrave Strategies, which is being assisted by a Philadelphia-based firm, U3 Advisors. A four-month anchor-scan analyzed market trends, development patterns and space needs as they align with university goals and priorities.

During TU’s Economic Outlook Conference in November, we welcomed Ken Ulman, president of Margrave Strategies, and Omar Blaik, CEO of U3 Advisors. Invigorating discussions focused on TU’s significance as an  “economic engine” for its neighbors. Initial feedback confirms that Towson University, with the support of key partners, is positioned to help usher in transformational growth and prosperity for our region.

We are a large and dynamic university that takes great pride and care in our influence in the community. As we continue to show why “TU Matters to Maryland,” I thank you for your continued support. There is much to be proud of at Towson University and there are great things ahead!

—Kim Schatzel, president