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Loyola University Maryland

Today, another in our occasional series, Midday on Higher Education. From time to time, host Tom Hall sits down with the presidents of Maryland colleges and universities to talk about the challenges that each of their institutions face, and how those institutions are connected to the fabric of the communities in which they are located. 

Today Tom's guest is the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, a Jesuit priest who serves as president of Loyola University Maryland, here in Baltimore.  Loyola is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. There are several others that are named “Loyola,” after St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, but Baltimore was the first. Before coming to Loyola, Fr. Linnane was an associate professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he later served as Assistant Dean. He has been the President of Loyola University Maryland since 2005, and as such he is one of the longest serving university presidents in Maryland.

Courtesy of Goucher College.

Today, another in our occasional series, Midday on Higher Education.  From time to time, Tom Hall sits down with the leaders of Maryland colleges and universities to talk about the challenges that each of their institutions face, and how those institutions are connected to the communities in which they are located.

The series began last month, when Dr. Maria Thompson, the president of Coppin State University joined Tom in Studio A.  Since appearing on this show, Dr. Thompson has announced her retirement from Coppin at the end of the academic year.

Today, Tom's guest is Dr. José Antonio Bowen, the president of Goucher College.  He too has announced that he is retiring from that position at the end of June.  Founded in 1885, Goucher is a private, liberal arts college in Towson, just north of Baltimore. Goucher was initially an all-women’s college; It became co-educational in 1986. 

Coppin State University

Dr. Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University, joins us for the first in our series of conversations with local college presidents: Midday on Higher Education. She will discuss how institutions of higher education are meeting the needs of older, non-traditional students as the number of degree seeking students over 25 continues to rise. 

Dr. Thompson is Coppin State's seventh president since its founding 118 years ago. She has served in her role since 2015 and is the first female president in the university's history.  She previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Dr. Thompson holds an undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate in textile science and textile economics from the University of Tennessee.