Dr. Elliot Hirshman has been appointed president of Stevenson University by its Board of Trustees. Hirshman will be the sixth president of the university, effective July 1.
Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the university changed its name to Stevenson in 2008 and has grown from 66 to 170 acres. Hirshman joins Stevenson — the third largest independent university in Maryland, with more than 4,100 students at its Owings Mills, Owings Mills North and Greenspring campuses– after serving as president of San Diego State University since 2011.
He succeeds Claire E. Moore, Stevenson’s interim president since last December, and Dr. Kevin J. Manning, who served as the university’s president from 2000-2016.
“I am honored to join Stevenson University’s dynamic community,” said Hirshman. “Stevenson’s unique integration of career preparation and the traditional liberal arts reflects the best traditions of American higher education while envisioning a future that serves our students and our communities.
“The university’s core values of community, learning, integrity, and excellence were evident in every aspect of the recruitment process. I am excited to work collaboratively with our diverse community to support these values.”
James B. Stradtner, chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees. described Hirshman as “the right leader to continue the remarkable transformation and growth of Stevenson University and to take the institution to the next level. After an intensive search process that began last summer with more than 200 individuals interested in the position, the search committee unanimously recommended to the board that Hirshman serve as our next president. He is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and go on to personal and professional success.”
Prior to his appointment at San Diego State University, Hirshman served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“Elliot is one of the nation’s most impressive thought leaders in education,” said UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III. “He has broad experience in all types of institutions, and he commands the respect of leaders throughout the United States. Most important, he cares deeply about students and understands the important role that institutions play in developing their skills and preparing them for productive careers.
“When he was at UMBC, he showed us just how talented he is. If I had to use one word to describe him, it would be ‘amazing.’ Baltimore is fortunate to have him returning to us, and we are very happy for Stevenson.”
Hirshman earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Yale University and his master’s degree and doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of California Los Angeles. He and his wife of 28 years, Jeri, have a daughter and a son.
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