A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

The school he will lead, starting in July, is part of the public University System of Maryland. The University of Baltimore, with about 6,500 students, has business and law schools and a college of public affairs.

Its enrollment has grown by about a third since 2003, and its campus has expanded significantly in midtown Baltimore. A key development occurred in 2007 when the university admitted freshmen for the first time in more than 30 years, marking a return to four-year undergraduate education.

Schmoke earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1971 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1976.