Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
Appointed the 33rd president starting November 2010, Loh leads the state's flagship and land-grant institution with 37,500 students in 12 schools and colleges, 9000 faculty and staff, and $1.7B annual operating budget (including $500M in external research funding).
In support of the University of Maryland's continuing ascendancy as a front-rank, public research university, his priorities are:
Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Iowa; Dean of Seattle University's College of Arts & Sciences; Director, Governor's Policy Office and chief policy adviser to The Hon. Gary Locke, State of Washington; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties, University of Colorado-Boulder; and Dean, University of Washington Law School.
- Excellence and affordability in education: transforming learning and teaching via technology; innovation and entrepreneurship education across the curriculum; and closing the achievement gap.
- Strategic partnerships for research, innovation and the arts: collaborations with federal agencies, industry, and other universities (especially U. of Maryland, Baltimore) on joint faculty appointments, research, and technology commercialization; partnerships with arts and arts management organizations.
- Physical facilities and environmental sustainability: new and renovated buildings completed or in the pipeline to date, totaling $700M; reducing the campus' carbon footprint by one-half by 2020.
- Fundraising: completion of $1B capital campaign in 2012; preparation for the next campaign.
- Big Ten conference: changed conferences to join the Big Ten in 2014 to ensure the long-term fiscal health of Maryland athletics, compete at the highest level, and collaborate academically with Big Ten peer institutions.
- Revitalization of College Park: expand public safety, public transit, public charter education, and mixed-use real estate development to enhance the quality of life of the surrounding university town.
Loh is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Previously, he was Professor of Law at Washington, Colorado-Boulder, and Iowa. He was Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell, Peking University (China), Emory, University of Texas-Austin, University of Houston, and Vanderbilt. His scholarship and teaching are in the areas of law and social change and in criminal justice reforms.
He serves on the American Council of Education's board of directors and on the U.S. Comptroller General's advisory board. He chaired the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's academic advisory board.
Dr. Loh was elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal named him among the "Power 100." Previously, he was chosen an "Influential Marylander" by The Daily Record. He received the "Immigrant Achievement Award" from the American Immigration Council; the "Trailblazer Award" from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and honorary degrees from three colleges. He was elected president of the Association of American Law Schools and "Professor of the Year" by students at the University of Washington Law School.
Born in China, Loh moved with his family to Peru. After graduating from high school, he immigrated alone to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen. Education: B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Cornell University; graduate study, Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium); Ph.D. in psychology, The University of Michigan; J.D., Yale Law School. He and his wife Barbara, M.A., R.N., have a daughter.