ABC’s of UMD: Letter L

L is for LOH, as in PRESIDENT WALLACE LOH!

loh portrait shotDr. Wallace Loh is the 34th president of the University of Maryland. He arrived in College Park in 2010 after a career in both academia and public service.On the academic side, he previously held the posts of Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Iowa; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties at the University of Colorado-Boulder; and Dean of the University of Washington Law School.

While in Washington state, he also served as Director of the Executive Policy Office and chief policy adviser to Governor Gary Locke.

At Maryland, he holds a faculty appointment as a Professor of Public Policy. Previously, he was Professor of Law at Washington, Colorado-Boulder, and Iowa and served as Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell, Peking University (China), Emory, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, and Vanderbilt.  His scholarship and teaching focus on law and social change and criminal justice reform.

As the university’s top administrator, Dr. Loh sets the tone for the campus. During his first five years at the university, among the priorities that he has emphasized are the globalization of UMD, international experiences for all students,  re-imagining the City of College Park, innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Loh also led the university’s move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten.

This is the 12th post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

If you’d like more information on our current and past university presidents, visit the Past Presidents page.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

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