“The president of Towson, in my view, has forfeited her claim on moral leadership,” Franchot said during a Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis. “It’s with a heavy heart, I believe, in the best interest of Towson University that she should resign.”
Loeschke did not attend the meeting. Instead, she had been previously scheduled to speak at a BWI Business Partnership meeting about 30 minutes north of Annapolis.
Marina Cooper, Loeschke’s deputy chief of staff, said that Loeschke has the backing of the University of Maryland System, as well as students and faculty at the university.
“It’s disappointing that Comptroller Franchot doesn’t recognize that leaders must make tough decisions – and in this case one that addresses federal compliance and fiscal responsibility,” Cooper wrote in an email. “The president will not resign.”
Cooper added that Loeschke is “now focusing her attention on the opportunity provided by the Governor and Legislature and how the university can work with supporters to sustain baseball at Towson.”
Loeschke announced last month that the school would cut its baseball and soccer programs to save money and remain in compliance with regulations.
Governor Martin O’Malley stepped in to save the day by saving the Towson University baseball program via a special “supplemental budget.”