Wallace D. Loh
University of Maryland
As the 33rd president, Loh leads the state’s flagship institution with 37,000 students, 12 colleges and schools, 9,000 faculty and staff, an annual $1.7 billion operating budget (including $500 million in external research funding) and a $1 billion fundraising campaign.
In support of academic excellence, his priorities are innovation and entrepreneurship, diversity and globalization, the land-grant mission of public service, and the development of a mixed-use neighborhood center in College Park.
Previously, he served as executive vice president and provost at The University of Iowa. He also served as dean of arts and sciences at Seattle University, director of executive policy and chief policy advisor to Governor Gary Locke of Washington (now the U.S. Ambassador to China), vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and dean of the University of Washington Law School.
While working in Washington State government, Loh formed and staffed Governor Locke’s “2020 Commission on the Future of Post-Secondary Education.” The Commission’s work resulted in the “Washington Promise Scholarship” that expanded college access for students from low- and middle-income families.
Loh was on the law faculty at the University of Washington (where he was voted by students the Outstanding Professor of the Year), Vanderbilt University, Emory University, University of Houston, Cornell University, University of Texas-Austin, and Peking University (China). His scholarship and teaching are in criminal justice and on social research in the legal process.
He was elected President of the Association of American Law Schools, the learned society of the academic legal profession. Currently, Loh is chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council; a member of the American Council on Education’s Committee on Inclusion; and a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law.
Born in China, he moved with his family to Peru. After graduating from high school there, he immigrated alone to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen. Education: J.D., Yale Law School; Ph.D., The University of Michigan; M.A., Cornell University; B.A., Grinnell College; graduate study, Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium). He received honorary degrees from Grinnell College, Iowa Wesleyan College, and Montgomery College. He received the “Immigrant Achievement Award” from the American immigration Council and the “Trailblazer Award” from the National Asian Pacific-American Bar Association.