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Kurt Schmoke

University of Baltimore

Since 2014, Kurt Schmoke has served as president of the University of Baltimore. Schmoke, who is a Baltimore native, served as mayor of the city between 1987 and 1999. Prior to his current role, he worked as dean of Howard University Law School. He holds degrees from Yale University, Oxford University and Harvard Law School. During the 1970s, Schmoke worked as the assistant director of the White House domestic policy staff under President Jimmy Carter.

What makes you excited about your job?

My job is exciting because I work with wonder- fully talented individuals who are nurturing the next generation of leaders in a wide variety of professional fields. We are in the life changing and life improving business, and we know that our efforts help to uplift individuals, their families, and their communities.

What is the biggest challenge your organization now faces?

Currently, the biggest challenge facing the University of Baltimore is maintaining a sense of community while operating in a hybrid environment. The past few months have demonstrated the importance of offering some in-person instruction. Human contact offers a hard to describe but meaningful addition to the learning experience. We are committed to the new reality which requires us to offer the best in on campus and online educational offerings.