Joanne K. Glasser's selection as the University's 10th president was announced at a special meeting of the EKU Board of Regents Friday, Aug. 24 and followed a nationwide search that culminated in campus visits this past week by Glasser and four other candidates. EKU's first female president will begin her new job Monday, Oct. 29. (Mary Roark served as acting president of Eastern from 1909 to 1910.) "The search process produced five excellent presidential candidates," said C. Fred Rice, chair of EKU's Board of Regents. "Ms. Glasser's qualifications and experiences more closely meet our expectations, and she impressed the University community with her enthusiasm and focus on meeting student needs."
Glasser, 50, comes to EKU from Towson University in Maryland, where she has served as executive vice president of institutional advancement. She was named vice president for institutional advancement in 1995 and was promoted to executive vice president in 1999. From 1993 to 1999, she also served as executive assistant to the president and was the University's fair practices/Affirmative Action officer 1993-95.
While at Towson, Glasser directed a $17.5 million capital campaign, the first major campaign in the institution's history, and developed a University-wide marketing initiative. Her campaign to develop a new institutional corporate identity received national recognition. Towson University is a comprehensive institution serving about 16,000 students. The Daily Record, a statewide business and legal news publication in Maryland, named Glasser one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 1997 and again this year.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Glasser earned a bachelor's degree in political science from George Washington University in 1973, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976, and a certificate from the Institute of Education Management in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining Towson, she served as Baltimore County labor commissioner 1980-86 and as assistant county attorney 1978-80.