Office of the President

Office of the President

Dr. Maria Thompson

A Message from the President


One of the most rewarding parts of being a university President is the role you play in shaping the lives of students and sharing in their success.

As a historically black college within the University System of Maryland; part of Coppin’s mission is to prepare its students to meet the challenges associated with urban communities. Given that nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population lives in or near an urban area, our location positions us to participate significantly in the national agenda to find solutions to challenges faced by most Americans.

Coppin graduates continue to make a lasting impact on Baltimore communities and beyond. For more than 100 years, Coppin has produced teachers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement officers, scientists, researchers and artists.  Occupations that preserve human dignity and uphold social justice. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

As an anchor institution in West Baltimore, Coppin State University takes seriously its responsibility to engage our students in learning opportunities that address our community’s needs. These include safety, health disparities, unemployment, economic empowerment and increasing the overall quality of life in our immediate neighborhood.

Coppin pride runs deep and our graduates are using their education and experience to change the world. I invite you to learn more about Coppin and some of the accomplishments of members of the “Coppin Family” in the latest issue of the Talon.

Maria Thompson, Ph.D.