Deb Moriarty, vice president for Student Affairs, has been selected to receive the Baltimore County Commission for Women’s 2014 LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award.
Moriarty, who joined Towson University’s staff in 2004, is well known and admired for her commitment to the personal and leadership development of students as well as her concern for the vitality of the greater community.
Her efforts have significantly improved town-gown relations and elevated the importance of community engagement.
Under her leadership during the past five years, Towson University has hosted multiple community-wide cleanup, community service days; created an Off-Campus Address Policy and Off-Campus Disorderly and Disruptive Behavior Policy, as well as hired Community Ambassadors to keep off-campus student residents accountable for their behavior; and established the University Relations Committee, a subcommittee of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations to proactively work with the local community on town-gown relations.
In her letter of nomination, President Maravene Loeschke praised Moriarty for her “extraordinary contributions to the Baltimore County community. Throughout her personal and professional work she has led initiatives that not only welcome the greater community to campus, but also educate and prepare students to be responsible, engaged leaders beyond campus borders.”
Bella Owens, president of the Baltimore County Commission for Women, told Moriarty the honor “speaks highly of how well you and your work have been perceived in the academic community and beyond. I am very proud to say that you are a valued citizen of Baltimore County, and with this recognition you will be joining a long list of accomplished women.”
“I am completely surprised, excited and humbled to be recognized by the county based on a recommendation from those with whom I work on a day-to-day basis,” Moriarty says. “Baltimore County is a great place to live and work. I’m honored to be recognized for trying to make a small difference for others who live and work here.”
She will accept the award at the Baltimore County Commission for Women’s 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony on March 27.
Written by Jan Lucas