Office of the President
A Message from the President
July 1, 2015
Dear Coppin Campus Community:
I am honored to join Coppin State University as your 7th President. Today marks my first official day on the job, and I want to express my appreciation for all the support and well wishes extended to me as I embark on this important mission of leading Coppin into the future. Coppin pride runs deep. This was demonstrated to me by the overwhelming number of emails, phone calls and text messages I received following the May 19 announcement of my appointment. This outpouring symbolizes the love and affection people have for Coppin and their desire to partner with us and contribute to the success of our students.
Our university is an essential part of Baltimore’s history, and is poised to contribute substantially to the future of the city, state, and nation. We are seizing the opportunity to become an exemplar of public, urban higher education by serving as a leading steward of the West Baltimore community. Given that nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population lives in or near an urban area, our urban setting positions us to participate significantly in the national agenda to find solutions to challenges faced by most Americans. There is no better time to be affiliated with Coppin.
In the weeks and months leading to the start of the fall semester, I am committed to visiting with you in your various departments across campus. We will have both informal as well as scheduled forums in which to meet and exchange ideas, information and intentions for tackling the challenges and seizing opportunities to advance a shared agenda for Coppin. I hope you will join me in charting the course in the next exciting phase of Coppin’s role as an anchor institution in the community.
Maria Thompson, Ph.D.