Loeschke, 64, is currently president of Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., a rural area of north-central Pennsylvania 30 miles south of Corning, N.Y. Her appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2012.
A Baltimore native, Loeschke received both a bachelor’s degree in theater and English and a master’s degree in education from TU, and a doctorate in philosophy from The Union Institute in Cincinnati. She spent more than 30 years at TU, moving up through the faculty ranks and serving as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication from 1997 to 2002.
Loeschke will succeed Robert Caret, who left TU in April to become president of the University of Massachusetts System. Since Caret’s departure, Marcia G. Welsh has served as acting president and will continue in that position until Loeschke joins the university in January. At that time, Welsh will return to her position as the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“Throughout her career, [Loeschke] has demonstrated the kind of leadership needed to keep institutional goals on track in both good and difficult economic times.” Johnson said in a prepared statement. “Her inclusive leadership, unfaltering focus on excellence, and her ability to generate alternative funding sources will serve the university, our system, and the State of Maryland well in the years ahead.”