Stevenson University has appointed Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D as its sixth president. A former provost and vice president at UMBC, Hirshman’s new position brings him back to Baltimore from San Diego State University, where he implemented an integrated budget and financial strategy; raised more than $755 million in private philanthropy for scholarships and new initiatives and programs; and established and endowed its Honors College. SDSU is recognized nationally for increasing student retention and graduation rates – rates that are equal across ethnic and racial groups. “I am honored to join Stevenson University’s dynamic community,” says 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.”
Dr. Hirshman succeeds former president Kevin J. Manning, who retired in December 2016.