Towson President Completes Unusual Rise From Theater To Her Alma Mater's Top Job

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Monday, January 30, 2012

As the chandeliers began to swing and the ceiling panels shifted to and fro, the interviewers seated around the hotel conference table seemed uncertain how to react.

Was Baltimore really experiencing an earthquake? In the middle of a meeting vital to the future of Towson University?

Maravene Loeschke probably had the most reason to be nervous. After all, she was the one interviewing for the presidency of her alma mater. But in her many years as an actor and director, Loeschke had seen performers nearly flattened by falling curtains and productions marred by rain pouring through the ceiling.

"You just don't get fazed by stuff later in life," she says.

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