A look at Wallace D. Loh's connection to athletics
Picking a new school president was seen as one step in the process to replace former athletic director Debbie Yow, who left this summer to take the same position at North Carolina State. A search committee has been formed to help choose the new athletic director, and last week Maryland hired a search firm to further assist in the search.
A quick scan of Loh's biography shows that he's had limited connections to athletics at every administrative stop he's made.
At Iowa, Loh had "oversight responsibility for budgets, personnel, and planning in the 11 colleges and the other academic units of the university," according to his biography. He helped the university take steps to ensure economic stability in the wake of declining state aid, according to reports in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. A story on the Daily Iowan's Web site stated "Loh has help lead the university through massive changes, including last year’s budget cuts. Insisting the school would emerge 'stronger and leaner,' he commissioned a set of reports to improve education while saving money." He also has "taken a strong role in the university’s fight against dangerous drinking."
Before going to Iowa in 2008, Loh was dean of the University of Washington Law School from 1990 to 1995. He was vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties at the University of Colorado from 1995 to 1997. He then was chief policy adviser for Washington Gov. Gary Locke from 1997 to 1999. Then, from 1999 to 2008, Loh was dean and professor of public service in the College of Arts & Sciences at Seattle University, which moved from the NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2002.
Loh was born in China in 1945 and raised in Peru before becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. He received a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's from Cornell, a PhD in psychology from Michigan and a law degree from Yale.
August 17, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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