Excerpted from an article by Brian Baturin in the Fall 2010 issue of The Leader.
Coming to College Park after spending two years as Provost at the University of Iowa, Dr. Wallace Loh has held many positions within the walls of academia. Loh was the dean of the University of Washington Law School, an administrator at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at Seattle University, and has held professorships at many other institutions. Theses accomplishments are even more impressive when taking into account Dr. Loh’s unique and diverse upbringing.
Born in Shanghai, President-designate Loh immigrated to Peru as a child. As a teenager, Loh traveled to the United States with, as he said at a welcome ceremony in August, his parents’ life savings – $200. Faced with this adversity, Loh graduated from Cornell University and Yale Law School before beginning his career as a professor and administrator.
Chancellor Brit Kirwan has described Loh as “an ideal individual to build upon [Mote’s] legacy.” This legacy was a key component in Loh’s remarks. After describing the University of Maryland as a rocket, he went on to compare Dr. Mote to a rocket booster that “boosted [the rocket] out to the high heavens.” However, Dr. Loh’s real goal during his time as president of this University is to form his own legacy. His remarks included reasons why the University of Maryland is great, but more importantly, how to make it even greater. Loh expressed many goals, among them retaining and recruiting top faculty members and creating new opportunities for students.