Hoke L. Smith

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Hoke L. Smith
Born (1931-05-07)May 7, 1931
Galesburg, Illinois
Died March 27, 2004(2004-03-27) (aged 72)
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation President, Towson University

Hoke L. Smith (May 7, 1931 – March 27, 2004) was the tenth president of Towson University.

Early in Dr. Smith's administration, he focused on Towson's status as a "comprehensive university." One of the first changes was the a new governance structure and the establishment of six colleges. With public higher education seriously under-funded, Dr. Smith set out to strengthen alumni and development programs as a source of alternative funding.

During his administration, Towson added 20 new undergraduate programs, 19 new graduate programs and the 3 doctoral programs. In 1997, Smith led Towson to its latest name change to Towson University.

On Saturday March 27, 2004, Smith died of liver cancer at his home in Baltimore. He was 72.

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Preceded by
James Fisher
Towson University president
1979–2001
Succeeded by
Mark Perkins