Wallace D. Loh

University of Maryland
Academic administrator; Law scholar
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership

Wallace Loh was president of the University of Maryland, College Park and Professor of Public Policy from 2010 to 2020. He previously served as Professor of Law and Executive VP and Provost at the U. of Iowa (2008-10); Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle U. (2000-08); Director, Executive Policy Office and chief policy adviser to Governor Gary Locke, State of WA (1997-2000); Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties, U. of Colorado-Boulder (1995-97); law professor (with an adjunct appointment in psychology) at the U. of Washington (1974-1995), including service as Dean of the UW Law School (1990-95). He was voted by UW law students as "Outstanding Professor of the Year (1990)" and recognized by the UW President Gerberding in 1995 as "transforming dean, university statesman, and prophetic pioneer." Between 1977-1989, Loh was Visiting Professor of Law at Peking U. (China); Cornell U.; U. of Texas-Austin; U. of Houston; Emory U.; and Vanderbilt U. 


He attended Yale Law School (J.D., 1974); The U. of Michigan (Ph.D., psychology, 1971); Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium (research assistant, 1968-69); Cornell U. (M.A., psychology, 1967); and Grinnell College in Iowa (B.A.,1965; hon. LL.D. 1994.) A "Latasian," he was born in China, moved with his parents to Peru at age 2, and immigrated alone to the U.S. at age 16 to attend college, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.  

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