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.

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Dr. Mickey L. Burnim

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert Caret named Mickey L. Burnim interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Dr. Burnim will begin transitioning into the position on June 18, 2018, and will begin his service as interim president on July 1, 2018, according to a press release from the University System of Maryland. Dr. Burnim served as president of Bowie State University between 2006 and 2017.

Current UMES President Juliette Bell announced in February that she will step down this summer. In March, Chancellor Caret appointed a search and screening committee for the new president.

“Mickey Burnim is a widely respected member of the USM community with success leading two Historically Black Institutions, including more than a decade of excellence service as president of Bowie State University,” said Chancellor Caret. “He is the ideal leader to guide UMES on an interim basis while the search and selection process for a new president concludes.”

During Dr. Burnim’s 11 years as president, Bowie State University experienced significant increases in regional and national recognition, added majors in cybersecurity and informational 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 Institution in North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chaired by Michelle Gourdine, M.D., a member of the USM Board of Regents and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the search and screening committees 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. Typically, the search process for a new president takes approximately six months to complete.