Thurgood Marshall College Fund President, Harry L. Williams Brings Greetings During University Day Plenary Session

Published Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Fall classes start at Coppin State University on August 27.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined President Maria Thompson and Provost Leontye Lewis for the opening of the 2018 -2019 academic year.   

Each year, the Office of the Provost plans a series of activities and updates for staff and returning faculty, known as University Day.  

Dr. Harry L. Williams, this year’s keynote speaker, was introduced by President Thompson as a colleague and friend who has a career deeply-rooted in student success. Dr. Williams made history last October as the first sitting university president selected to the post of President and CEO of TMCF. Prior to that, Dr. Williams had served as President of Delaware State University since 2010.

William spoke about the role HBCUs play in opening educational and social opportunities for their students and the communities in which they reside. He praised the faculty and staff that work in the nation’s HBCUs and referred to their jobs as ‘missionary work.”

“You should be inspired knowing that you are changing lives.”

Williams reminded University Day participants that colleges and universities were formed to solve problems. He encouraged Coppin State and other HBCUs to stand as a role model for the nations citing their ability to attract and graduate traditional and the growing number of non-traditional students.

Williams ended his comments by encouraging Coppin State to celebrate both student and institutional success.

The theme of this year’s University Day activities is, ‘Strengthening Our Foundation: Assessment & Accountability.” There are 5 days of academic and professional development for faculty and staff in preparation for the upcoming academic year.