The president of Towson University came before local leaders in Harford County Thursday afternoon to share the big news: groundbreaking for Towson's satellite campus at Harford Community College will take place May 30.
Previously, funding for the project had been held up at the state level in the Board of Public Works.
Towson University President Maravene Loeschke did not mention the funding snafu and kept her remarks to the natural partnership between Towson and Harford County. Read what she talked about below.
12:52 p.m. The luncheon concluded.
12:50 p.m. Representatives from various organizations made announcements. The Arc is having a "Bike in the Park" fundraiser at the Steppingstone Museum on April 27. The Susquehanna Workforce Network is hosting a job fair in Cecil County on May 16. The Boys and Girls Club is hosting the Vi Ripken Diamonds in the Rough Benefit Golf Tournament on May 18. The Harford County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Military Appreciation Luncheon on May 16. Table sponsorships are sold out. The Education Foundation's scholarship luncheon will be in Bulle Rock soon.
12:47 p.m. Loeschke concluded her remarks by stating, "Why wouldn't we" partner together with Harford Community College? She reaffirmed her enthusiasm about Towson University breaking ground at Harford Community College on May 30.
12:42 p.m. President Loeschke said that most of the teaching program would be based in Harford County. In addition to teaching, STEM and entrepreneurship will be priorities. Internships will also be a priority. She said most of Towson's teachers come to Harford County, where there are 9,000 alumni.
12:36 p.m. Towson University President Maravene Loeschke is speaking. She said 70 percent of those at Harford Community College who choose to continue on to a four-year college go to Towson. "Why should they have to drive?" she asked. "When we break ground on May 30, we'll all be celebrating."
12:34 p.m. Towson University is sponsoring today's lunch. "They are moving dirt. It's very exciting. We are very happy to be here," said John Desmone, who is director of Towson University's northeast programs. According to Desmone, the school was committed to the project of opening a northeast campus.
12:33 p.m. The new board members for the chamber were named.
12:30 p.m. The program is beginning.
The Harford County Chamber of Commerce is meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. The meeting is at The Bayou restaurant in Havre de Grace.
Towson University President Maravene Loeschke is the featured speaker. Follow along as Patch live blogs the event, and chime in with your thoughts in the comments!