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.

Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President: Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., West Virginia State University

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., West Virginia State University’s 11th President effective July 1, 2016, is an established higher education leader committed to advocating for students and creating opportunity to higher education for all students, especially culturally under-represented groups.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.

Jenkins began his path to West Virginia State University as a United States Army veterans and first-generation college graduate. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech University, a Master of Science degree from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree from Fayetteville State University.

Prior to leading the State family, Jenkins served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and most recently, as the Senior Associate Vice President for the University of Central Florida – the nation’s second largest university. His career includes serving at Jackson State University, thereafter joining Virginia Tech’s Housing and Residence Life and later the Office of the Dean of Students. He remained at Virginia Tech until becoming the Assistant Dean of Students of Northeastern Illinois University. He later serve as the Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; and was recruited to serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Jenkins is a Life-member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is an active member of several higher education organizations, including: the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); the American College Personnel Association (ACPA); the State University System of Florida Associate Vice President Council; the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP); the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); and the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). In 2014, he served as a faculty member for the NASPA Region II Mid Manager Institute.

A supporter of quality higher education, he has served as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE). He has been inducted into several of the most prestigious academic honor, business and leadership societies in the Nation: Alpha Kappa Psi; Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta  Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; and Order of Omega.

Jenkins is married to Toinette Jenkins and they have three daughters.

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About West Virginia State University

Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. For more information, visit www.wvstateu.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

 

INSTITUTE, WV – West Virginia State University installed their 11th President Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, who assumed the presidency on July 1, 2016. Dr. Jenkins was installed during the Presidential Investiture ceremony on Friday in Farrell Hall on the campus and which also is the founding day of the university. The university turned 126 years-old.

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins giving his inaugural speech. [Photo Credit: Demetrius Johnson Jr.]
During Dr. Jenkins inaugural address he urge students, alumni, and community supporters to join him in the fight for State and to not let anyone forget that West Virginia State University is the crown jewel of the Kanawha valley.

The final candidates were invited to WVSU’s Institute, W.Va campus in late April to meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and business leaders at a series of open forums. After reviewing stakeholders’ comments regarding each candidate, the WVSU Board of Governors offered the position to Dr. Jenkins. Before joining the WVSU family, he served as senior associate vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida.

Among remarks were Dr. Phyllis Gray-Ray, who currently serves as Dean/Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University brought greetings from the highest of seven hills and described Dr. Jenkins as a leader who is terrifically qualified and well skilled in moving WVSU forward as president. She also presented Jenkins with a plaque of congratulations on the behalf of Interim President Larry Robinson and the FAMU community.

[Photo Credit: West Virginia State University]
The WVSU first family includes Jenkins wife, Toinette, and his two daughters, Ashley and Alicia.

West Virginia State University was founded under the provisions of the Second Morrill Act of 1890 as the West Virginia Colored Institute, one of the 19 land-grant institutions authorized by Congress and designated by the states to provide for the education of black citizens in agriculture and mechanical arts. From 1891 to 1915, the original institute offered the equivalent of a high school education, vocational training, and teacher preparation. 1915, the West Virginia Collegiate Institute began to offer college degrees. Under the leadership of President John W. Davis, the academic program was expanded and new buildings were constructed, and in 1927, the institution was accredited by the North Central Association; in 1929, it became West Virginia State College. Over the next decades, WVSC became recognized as one of the leading public institutions of higher education for African-Americans. In 2004, the West Virginia Legislature approved WVSC’s tradition of University status, and today WVSU offers 22 bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees. With a rich history, and promising future, WVSU is positioned to become the most student-centered research and teaching, land-grant university in West Virginia, and beyond.

 

For more information about West Virginia State University, visit www.wvstateu.edu.