Coppin State University Welcomes Eighth President

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD – A new era for Coppin State University (CSU) begins on May 26 with the start of President Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins.

President Jenkins comes to CSU from West Virginia State University, a historically black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., where he served as president since July 2016.

He will succeed Dr. Maria Thompson, who was appointed to the CSU presidency in 2015 and announced in January 2019 that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Mickey Burnim lead the institution as interim president for the past year.

A United States Army veteran, President Jenkins began his path to higher education as a first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University. His higher education administrative experience includes service at institutions such as UNC-Wilmington, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the University of Central Florida. 

In an April campus town hall meeting, Jenkins said he will lead CSU with five areas of focus”

  1. Diversifying enrollment growth in a systematic and strategic way that is healthy for CSU and the students.
  2. Creating an environment of overall holistic student success with high student retention and graduation rates.
  3. Providing experiential learning through student leadership opportunities, research, internships and other experiences that will prepare students to graduate ready to make positive change to the community, state, region and the nation.
  4. Increasing research and being able to transfer and apply research results to society in ways that impact improvements to the communities served by the university.
  5. Increasing teaching innovation brought on by faculty and staff excellence. He said the university will invest in faculty and staff professional development to enable teaching at the highest level and delivering a quality education that will position CSU students to be critical thinkers and societal problem solvers.

 

About Coppin State University

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development. For more information, visit www.coppin.edu.

 

Dr. Tracey Murray, dean of the College of Health Professions and director of the health centers at Coppin State University, lead a session on Leading Optimally and finding balance of one’s mind, health, faith, family and focus at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit at Coppin State University on March 20, 2019. (Photo by Maximillian Franz)

BALTIMORE, MD – Dr. Tracey Murray, Coppin State University (CSU) dean of the college of Health Professions, was recently elected to a two-year term on American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Nominating Committee.

Murray’s leadership experience extends to the local and statewide regions and beyond. She is health commissioner on the Baltimore Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, member of the Nurse Leadership Institute Advisory Council, and member of the Maryland Regional Action Coalition. A graduate of the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, Murray has served on AACN’s Finance Committee and participated in the New Dean Mentoring Program.

At AACN meetings, she often provides insights and recommendations regarding diversity, inclusion, and the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions.

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About Coppin State University (CSU)

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a mutli-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The University fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development. For more information, visit www.coppin.edu.

About American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AACN is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. The organization works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D.

Baltimore, MD – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., as the next president of Coppin State University beginning May 26, 2020, according to the University.

Dr. Jenkins has served as President of West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically Black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., since July 2016. He will succeed Maria Thompson, who was appointed to the CSU presidency in 2015 and announced in January that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Mickey Burnim has been leading the institution as interim president since Dr. Thompson stepped down.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jenkins as president of Coppin State University,” said Linda Gooden, USM Board of Regents Chair. “He has demonstrated a clear track record of success on the West Virginia State campus – especially impressive are the global partnerships he has established with higher education institutions in areas such as Africa, Mexico, and the People’s Republic of China. The USM board is delighted to have such an accomplished leader to guide Coppin. This appointment is a critical one, not just for the University System of Maryland but for the greater Baltimore region and beyond. Coppin State University is a vital institution in the City of Baltimore and our state.”

Under President Jenkins’ leadership, WVSU has experience enrollment growth at the undergraduate, graduate, and online levels. He fostered this growth through the university’s first nursing and engineering programs, the “WVSU Loyalty Program” and the “Straight 2 STATE” initiative. These innovative programs promoted partnerships with state high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges to boost enrollment. To bolster student success, Dr. Jenkins created the “Yellow Jacket Bridge to Success Program” and the “Registration Celebration” initiative, driving WVSU’s retention rate to a five-year high.

Dr. Jenkins begin his path to higher education first as a United State Army veteran and first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University. His higher education administrative experience includes services at institutions such as UNC-Wilmington, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the University of Central Florida.

“I am honored that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed me to be the next president of Coppin State University,” said Jenkins. “This is an exciting opportunity to guide a university with a strong legacy and do so at an important time for the City of Baltimore, where Coppin is so integral to the city’s continued vibrancy and success.”

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About Coppin State University

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development. For more information, visit www.coppin.edu.

Dr. Mickey Burnim

BALTIMORE, MD – University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert Caret named Mickey L. Burnim interim president of Coppin State University. Dr. Burnim will begin his service as interim president on July 1.

Current Coppin State University President Maria Thompson in January announced that she will step down June 30 and return on her native Tennessee.

Dr. Burnim served as president of Bowie State University between 2006 and 2017. Dr. Burnim also served as interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during the summer of 2018 before the start of President Heidi Anderson’s tenure on September 1.

“We are grateful to Mickey Burnim for his ongoing service to the University System of Maryland. Dr Burnim very capably guided the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on an interim basis last summer, and his considerable experience and perspective position him quite will to lead Coppin during the course of a search for President Thompson’s successor,” Cabet said.

During Dr. Burnim’s 11 years as president, Bowie State experienced significant increases in regional and national recognition, added majors in cybersecurity and information technology, opened three new buildings, grew enrollment and graduates, and undertook a successful fundraising campaign.

Dr. Burnim previously served as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, an Historically Black University in North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Texas and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Typically, the search process for a new president at most USM campuses can take approximately eight to twelve months to complete. A search committee has been appointed and will, with assistance from executive search firm Academic Search, conduct a thorough search of highly qualified candidates. The search committee’s work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The board will make the final selection.

BALTIMORE, MD – Coppin State University’s first female president Maria Thompson announced Thursday that she will step down from the Historically Black University at the end of June.

Dr. Maria Thompson

Thompson wrote in a letter to the University’s community that she would be returning to her native city of Nashville following her recent marriage and battled a serious health challenge.

“As you are aware, over the past year, I successfully battled a serious health challenge that required taking some additional recovery time at the start of this academic year. My doctors have been delighted with my progress over these many months and have recently given me a clean bill of health. During the Christmas holidays, my joy was multiplied with the decision to marry my long-time companion – Dr. Joseph Perry. We have determined that the time is right to begin a new chapter as we make a new life together in my native city of Nashville (where my mother also continues to reside), sometime after the conclusion of the current academic year.”

Thompson, 57, was appointed as president of Coppin in 2015, as the university struggled through several difficulties. Her appointment came two years after an oversight committee investigating conditions at Coppin State for the Maryland Board of Regents found evidence of serious mismanagement, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“Without question, we have much yet to accomplish and I want to assure all that I will be working diligently for the remainder of my tenure to advance our strategic priorities to recruit an increasing number of new students for the next academic year – freshman, transfer, and graduate students – while also working to retain more of our current students who require a robust advisory capability given what, for many, is a non-traditional approach to higher education. I also look forward to continuing to work with our valued external partners – our city and state government officials, our colleague universities and community colleges, and our business leaders who are vital to our educational mission and extra-curricular student experiences,” Thompson wrote.

Thompson came to Coppin after serving four years at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she was provost and vice president for academic affairs. Before that, she worked 13 years at Tennessee State University, a historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee assisting to direct research and sponsored programs.

Click here to read Thompson’s letter to the University community in its entity.