Dean Shohreh Kaynama

A Message From the Dean

To say we’re living in unprecedented times is an understatement.

For Towson University, the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted our teaching and learning community in a myriad of ways. But both TU and the College of Business and Economics have responded quickly and decisively to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff while providing resources and support for the greater community.

The university activated its Student Emergency and Food Insecurity Fund to provide support for students facing new burdens as a result of the crisis. A new fund was also created to support faculty and staff needing additional support. The TU family rallied to support both of these critical funds during the TU Big Give on April 22, raising more than $180,000. 

The college moved all of its support services and signature programs that enrich our students’ experiences to online delivery without missing a beat. Faculty members creatively pivoted the Business Model, Weinman Cup and the Live Strategy case competitions to virtual environments. Our Professional Development Partners (PDPs) swiftly moved to virtual meetings to support and guide students in registering for classes and navigating career-related questions during this uncertain time. These PDPs also reached out to the hundreds of employers hosting interns to ensure students can complete this important part of their education safely and remotely.

We have not forgotten our spring graduates either. The university’s #TUtogether campaign included a virtual celebration of our spring grads. The college also honored its outstanding graduates and new Beta Gamma Sigma inductees virtually.

With so much being uncertain about the future, I believe all of us in the TU family can take comfort in the certainty that neither TU nor CBE will not waver from our mission to be there for our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

During difficult times, we must be resilient and focused, but we must also look for the positive stories to lift our spirits, give us hope and remind us of the good—which is why I am pleased to share this latest digital issue of our magazine with you. I hope seeing photos from events and catching up with some of the latest developments and stories from CBE will enhance your pride in your college and give you a positive distraction.

Shohreh A. Kaynama ’76
Dean and Professor, College of Business and Economics
Towson University