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Baltimore Collegetown Network hosts Leaders in Higher Education reception

Baltimore Collegetown Network, a nonprofit organization that works to attract, engage and retain college students in Baltimore, hosted its first Leaders in Higher Education reception April 19 at Baltimore Center Stage.

The gathering honored Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s retiring president, welcomed Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., the new president of Loyola University Maryland, and celebrated the collective efforts of government and university leaders over the past two years. The reception also welcomed new college leaders and outlined a collaborative, community-focused agenda.

The Baltimore Collegetown Network brings 13 area colleges and universities – including nearly 120,000 students and $17 billion in economic activity – into a consortium that benefits each institution and the region as a whole. The programs and services Baltimore Collegetown provides bring new students to the area and build connections across campuses that encourage students to remain in the Baltimore region after receiving their degrees.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr., joined the gathering to honor Hrabowski for his leadership in higher education in Baltimore and in Maryland. In their remarks, both emphasized the importance of working together to promote Baltimore as a region. They also thanked Collegetown for the positive impact the organization has on Baltimore city and Baltimore County.

Robert Kelly, Ph.D., left, the vice president and special assistant to the president at Loyola University Maryland, and Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., president of Coppin State University, take time for a photo. (Jim Burger Photography)

From left, Jeannie Howe, executive director of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance; Theresa Bedoya, retired vice president for admission and financial aid at Maryland Institute College of Art and former governing board president at Collegetown; and Sammy Hoi, J.D., president of the Maryland Institute College of Art, attended the event. (Jim Burger Photography)

Kristen McGuire, left, associate vice president and chief marketing officer at Loyola University Maryland, and Yvette Mozie-Ross, Ph.D., vice provost for enrollment management and planning at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, pose for photo. (Jim Burger Photography)

Freeman Hrabowski III, Ph.D., left, the outgoing president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, spends time with Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. at the event. (Jim Burger Photography)

From left, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott; Debra McCurdy, Ph.D., president of Baltimore City Community College; and Kurt Schmoke, J.D., president of the University of Baltimore, enjoy their time at the Leaders in Higher Education reception. (Jim Burger Photography)