University of Baltimore
After making history in politics, former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke has fashioned a second career as a leader in higher education, adding one more contribution to his long record of public service.
Since 2014, he has served as president of the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington from 2003-2012. Following that, he was appointed general counsel for Howard and also served as the institution’s interim provost.
“You’re making a great deal of difference, not only in your lives but in the lives of this community,” Schmoke told UB students during the fall 2014 Welcome Week event. “This community thrives because of people committed to lifelong learning. There are so many opportunities, not only in Baltimore but in the surrounding region.”
Schmoke’s public service started in the 1970s, when he was appointed assistant director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff under President Jimmy Carter. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland and was Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982 to 1987.
He served as mayor from 1987 to 1999 – the first African-American leader of Baltimore — launching innovative programs in housing, public education, public health and economic development.
After completing three terms, Schmoke returned to law practice as a partner with Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering. He provided many hours of pro bono work for charitable organizations like the Children’s Health Forum, which helps combat lead poisoning among children.
He is a member of the Hippodrome Foundation Board, the Lyric Foundation Board, the Baltimore Development Corporation Board, the Baltimore Community Foundation Board, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, among others.
He graduated from Yale University, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and earned his law degree from Harvard Law.