Retired Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, former adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, has joined Towson University as its first leader-in-residence, the university announced Monday.
The position is a second role announced for Singh this month. She earlier joined the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as its interim CEO.
The leader-in-residence is expected to help build the university’s efforts in leadership development. The program brings in leaders to share their experience and insights with faculty, staff, students, and alumni through teaching and academic research, seminars, and panel discussions around leadership on campus, the university said in a release.
“General Singh brings expertise that will further position Towson University and our students to lead in a global environment,” Kim Schatzel, Towson’s president, said in a statement. “In this role, she will act as a catalyst and resource with leadership programs across the institution and contribute to university’s innovative approach to leadership development.”
Singh brings leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. In addition to her role with the Maryland National Guard, she worked for more than 20 years at professional services firm Accenture, where she retired as managing director in the firm’s health and public service North America unit.
She retired from the National Guard last year.
One of Singh’s responsibilities with Towson will be to help establish an annual lecture series exploring the challenges and opportunities of leadership and leadership development, the university said.
“President Schatzel’s visionary leadership as well as TU’s long history in developing leaders drew me to this opportunity,” Singh said in a statement. “I look forward to advancing TU’s excellence in this arena.”
The university pegged Singh’s other new role, interim executive director and CEO of TEDCO, as a benefit as Towson tries to build out its startup incubation capabilities and put a focus on its economic development efforts.
Last month the university hired an executive director for entrepreneurship, Patrick McQuown, who will oversee the TU Incubator and the university’s StarTUp project at the Towson armory. Work on the armory project began last year.