James Fisher (president)

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James Fisher
Born (1931-06-02) June 2, 1931 (age 84)
Occupation President, Towson University

James Lee Fisher (born June 2, 1931) was the ninth president of Towson State University (now Towson University).

Fisher was born and educated in Illinois. He came to Towson with considerable experience at various levels of university administration. Dr. Fisher was a fairly active president and left a significant imprint on the university.


Among his accomplishments were the creation of 4 vice-presidential positions, establishment of 5 academic deans, founding of the Academic Council as a legislative and advisory body of faculty and students, creation of the Office of Institutional Development, addition of a winter session, expanded graduate and continuing education programs and new programs in nursing, occupational therapy and business. During his tenure, 13 new buildings were constructed and the enrollment nearly doubled from 5,727 to 10,762. Towson underwent another name change in 1976 to Towson State University. Dr. Fisher's departure in 1978 signaled the end to one of the greatest periods of development and expansion in TU's history.

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Preceded by
Earle Hawkins
Towson University president
Succeeded by
Hoke L. Smith