On Board

– Vice presidents of Inclusion and Institutional Equity, and University Advancement join senior leadership team –

Leah Cox

Leah Cox

Two national searches brought Leah Cox and Brian DeFilippis to Towson University.

Cox became TU’s inaugural vice president for Inclusion and Institutional Equity on Jan. 23, leading the university’s diversity and compliance office and serving as a key adviser to the senior leadership team as a member of the President’s Council.

Cox comes to TU from the University of Mary Washington where she served for the past six years as special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer, Title IX coordinator and campus ombudsman.

“This position culminates both my professional experiences as well as my passion for working with diverse populations, ADA, and Title IX,” Cox says. “I am excited to return to my native Baltimore and to be a part of President Schatzel’s leadership team. I found Towson University to be a warm and welcoming place, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves to collaborate with my colleagues.”

Brian Defilippis

Brian Defilippis

Cox earned a Ph.D. in from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010 with her dissertation, “Interactional Diversity and the Role of a Supportive Racial Climate.” She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and a Master of Science degree  from the University of Arizona.

DeFilippis became vice president of University Advancement and executive vice president of the Towson University Foundation effective Jan. 16.

He comes to TU from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he served as associate dean for development and chief development officer. DeFilippis led a 32-person fundraising team and directed the last four years of the capital campaign, “Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination,” raising a record $454.2 million. 

“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen to join the Towson University community, one that I’ve admired for some time,” DeFilippis says. “Towson University is an institution that continues to grow in both stature and impact here in Maryland and beyond, and I look forward to turning that enthusiasm into a culture of philanthropy that helps advance the university to the next level.”

DeFilippis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elizabethtown College in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.