Maravene S. Loeschke is no stranger to Towson University (Md.). She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there and served on the faculty for more than 30 years. Now she has been appointed Towson’s next president, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Beginning in 1970, Loeschke moved up in the ranks from faculty member to dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, a position she held from 1997 to 2002. She is currently president of Mansfield University (Pa.), where she has been since 2006, and has previously served as provost of Wilkes University (Pa.). … David D. Gregory has been appointed the first chief information officer at Smith College (Mass.), effective October 24. Previously the CIO at Colgate University (N.Y.) for nine years, Gregory oversaw the complete upgrade and expansion of the school’s wireless network, the replacement of phone service with VoIP, and a cloud computing initiative. … National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Kemmy will oversee the Roger Williams University (R.I.) Hawks as director of athletics, intramurals, and recreation. He served the past two years as acting athletic director. … University of Indianapolis President Beverley Pitts announced that she will retire at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, ending seven years of service. … East Georgia College President John Bryant Black will retire at year’s end from the position he held since 2004. … Georgia Highlands College President John Randolph “Randy” Pierce will also be retiring on December 31. … David E. Van Zandt has been president of The New School (N.Y.) since September 15. … Manhattan College (N.Y.) has named Andrew Ryan vice president for facilities. … Mary Lou DeRosa has been named vice provost for academic programs and Anthony Ciorra assistant president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University (Conn.). … Since September 1, Teresa Flannery has served as the first vice president of communication at American University (D.C.). She was formerly executive director of communication and marketing there.