Office of the President

President's Bio

Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Parlett L. Moore Library, 2nd Floor
(410) 333-5369

Meet President Anthony L. Jenkins


Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Anthony L. Jenkins became the eighth President of Coppin State University (CSU) on May 26, 2020. A respected higher education leader, President Jenkins is leading Coppin State University with an unwavering commitment of student-centeredness, innovation, and excellence in teaching and research. Coppin State University is recognized nationally for its healthcare, business, psychology, criminal justice, teacher education, social work, and STEM academic programs.

Under his leadership, the university has expanded its academic portfolio, experienced enrollment growth, elevated its national brand, generated hundreds of millions in capital projects, and achieved historic milestones in fundraising, student retention, graduation rates, corporate partnerships, endowment growth, and alumni engagement.

President Jenkins serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Baltimore; the Hippodrome Foundation; and the Maryland Zoological Society. Maryland Governor Wes Moore appointed President Jenkins to the Equitech Growth Commission, and he serves on the American Council on Education Presidents and Chancellors for Military Learners advisory committee. President Jenkins has been honored by over 20 civic organizations and universities for his scholarship and leadership on social change and community engagement, in addition, he has appeared on more than 15 national and local media outlets discussing important higher education issues.

President Jenkins has also been inducted into 10 prestigious academic honors, business, and leadership societies. The Baltimore Business Journal included him in their “Faces to Watch,” the Baltimore Sun listed him among the Top 25 Marylanders to Watch, and the Maryland Daily Record named him to their “Power List” in Higher Education, and selected him as a recipient of the Maryland Daily Record Influential Marylander award.

President Jenkins is a United States Army veteran who began his path to the presidency 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. President Jenkins is the first graduate in the history of Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program to become a college or university president.

President Jenkins is married to his college sweetheart, Toinette Jenkins, who proudly serves as First Lady of Coppin State University. They have two daughters, Ashley, and Alicia.