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A look at Wallace D. Loh's connection to athletics

Wallace D. Loh, provost at the University of Iowa, has been named the new president at Maryland. He succeeds C.D. Mote, who is retiring. Loh will take over Nov. 1.

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.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 17, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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"Crack" reporting. What does his Facebook wall posts "hint" about his feelings on hoops. Did they teach you these investigative skills at your reporting institution. The post-Povich era is lazy? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | August 17, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Nothing in the background provided by the University's news release suggests that this guy has any significant connection with athletics. But his work on the budgets at Iowa might provide some insight as to how he views the role of athletics. I hope we can learn something about this. He was only at Iowa for two years and before that never at a division 1 school.

I am not optimistic.

Posted by: petecard | August 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

He is the President of the university ,not the atheletic director, so I'm sure he will hire an A.D. who has a wealth of experience in this area!

Posted by: S-Doug | August 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

At this point I too do not have a lot of confidence in this selection in reference to athletics at Maryland. Since athletics is such a big part of Maryland it would have been nice to have had a new president who had something in his resume that indicated his interest in and support of athletics. As another person posted hopefully a new AD will be selected who can really lead Maryland in that area of student life.

Posted by: gman2 | August 17, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

this guy is smart enough to know that sports, especially revenue sports have a major impact on the school's finances, reputation and culture. Just because his past work duties did not require him to be involved in athletics, let not be silly and assume he will take a negative approach towards sports. his primary job is to run the school and its academics and part of that will require him to hire someone trustworthy to shepard the athletics department. Did people think we were going to hire Kevin Plank as the school president?

Posted by: minhle1 | August 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Mote had a reputation as a fundraiser at Cal, and was never distinguished for his "interest" in sports. That's silly to expect that to be part of the primary credentials.

Posted by: minhle1 | August 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I think his main job is to preserve and expand the academic reputation of the university. I am very proud of the fact that many of you alumni that are younger than me graduated from a University with a much better reputation than the one I enrolled in all those years ago.

In terms of athletics, we'll have to see who he hires. Yow, for all and any of her plusses and minuses had run her course and it was time for her to move on. I look forward to seeing the school win big - especially in men's BB and FB - in all of the sports it competes in. A comp cheer team is fine and dandy as long as they can compete for the NC year in and year out. Men's soccer, both LAX teams should be able to contend for the NC on a consistent basis. But yeah, FB and men's BB matter most.

In terms of FB - BEAT NAVY. Only one game matters right now and that is the opener.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | August 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I am not optimistic.

Posted by: petecard

I'm pretty sure you could end all your posts like this.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 19, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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