TU is on a list of 11
higher education in-
rates for minority students meet
or exceed those of whites, accord-
ing to the Education Trust. How
did we achieve that success, and
are we a model to be emulated
by other colleges and universities?
We are proud to boast a 65 percent
graduation rate for all students and
an even better rate (67 percent and
70 percent respectively) for blacks and
Hispanics—exceeding our average
peer institutions’ rates by 20 percent.
Towson’s success in eliminating the
achievement gap resulted from a
combination of admitting students
From the new College
of Liberal Arts complex
to residence halls,
garages and this
spring’s groundbreaking on the
new Tiger Arena, TU has expe-
rienced a building boom that is
both unprecedented in recent
history and certified green. Can
you discuss the impact of these
projects on campus life and how
they fit in with TU’s Master Plan?
We knew that summer and fall of
2011 would be an exciting time at
Towson University, as there will be
more new construction groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings than ever.
The new buildings opening this year
How has TU’s $50
wraps up this year,
facilitated the university’s progress?
The capital campaign was an important financial goal and benchmark
for Towson’s future, but our success
raised more than money—it established countless programs that will
have a lasting impact on students,
faculty and the community. Campaign
funds launched scores of new scholarships and grants, including most
recently the Towson Promise Scholarship for students facing financial hardship and a $90,000 challenge grant for
the TU debate team. Also, the faculty
have enjoyed exciting new
Our Capital Campaign raised more than money—
it elevated and advanced the university
to a new standard of excellence.
based on criteria, like a strong GPA,
that indicates they can succeed, and
directing resources to help students
track their academic progress.
Our Pathways to Success model is
one that other institutions can use as
a guide for wrapping students with
support that begins at the onset of
their college experience and ushers
them through graduation. Encouraging
campus involvement through student
programs and peer mentoring has also
proven to be effective for us. We know
that our continued success relies on
persistent evaluation and improvement
of our model and support programs.
and others underway on campus will
impact every aspect of campus life,
from the College of Liberal Arts academic building, to the Towson Commons student union complex, to the
new West Village residence halls and
the 1,500-space West Village garage,
and the Tiger Arena sports complex.
These highly anticipated improvements are part of our Master Plan and
support the institution’s growth in size
and quality. After many years of waiting, it is satisfying to see much-needed
campus buildings go from renderings
to realities and I expect continued
progress that addresses the physical
needs of the campus.
opportunities for research and teaching, such as the creation of Towson’s
first-ever endowed chair and endowed
professorship. Other campaign-funded
initiatives, including the Center for
Adults with Autism and the Willard
Hackerman Academy for Science and
Mathematics, enable us to forge key
partnerships and share valuable
services with our neighbors.
Can you share some
details about the
“Dream No Small
established by you and your
wife, Elizabeth Zoltan?