Office of the President

Office of the President

Dr. Maria Thompson

A Message from the President


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. Earlier this year, I spent time evaluating how we communicate the University’s mission and purpose, and I’m pleased to share with you my vision for meeting this mission and moving the University forward.

With input and assistance from the Cabinet, Deans and Shared Governance leaders, we developed a document that marries the University’s mission with its key assets; area of expertise that distinguish Coppin State and its graduates from others. The final document focuses on four key areas; the Cradle to Career Educational Continuum, our multi-generational student body, the ability to educate and elevate an underrepresented and differently prepared population, and last but not least, our West Baltimore location.

I invite you to learn more about our work in this regard in the latest issue of the Talon.

Additionally, our faculty, administrators, and staff are committed to more than continuous improvement; we are committed to continuous excellence. The following are some examples of Coppin excellence.

The former interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Ron Williams, has brokered a relationship with Open Works Baltimore, a local non-profit committed to helping Baltimore residents discover the next big idea, with access to shared tools and technology. Our students are currently engaged in internships at Open Works. (See page 13 of the current issue.)

The School of Education is the recipient of a $3.6 million grant from the United States Department of Education for the Pathways to Professions Program that includes a component placing CSU in the forefront of micro-credentialing. (See page 9 of the current issue.)

The College of Health Professions graduated its first Doctor of Nursing Practice – DNP, during spring commencement. It was an honor to be present for this historic moment in the history of Coppin State University. (See page 5 of the current issue.)

I hope you enjoy learning more about Coppin Pride and how our graduates are using their education and experience to change the world. You can also learn more about our new head men’s basketball coach, Juan Dixon, and make your plans to support our Eagles this upcoming season.


Maria Thompson, Ph.D.