The University of Baltimore on Wednesday named former mayor Kurt L. Schmoke its next president, marking the return of a pivotal figure in the city's political history and someone boosters hope will strengthen the institution and its neighborhood.
Schmoke, who has held several roles at Howard University, including law school dean, said he hoped to "build on the momentum" of Robert L. Bogomolny, who announced last fall he would retire as president at the end of the academic year. Schmoke will take over the job in July.
Schmoke said he would focus on fundraising from private donors to offset slower growth in state funding while holding down tuition increases. He also said he wants to continue to spur economic growth around the university's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood.