Office of the President

Office of the President

Dr. Maria Thompson

A Message from the President


It’s been said that self-awareness is a rare human commodity. Our namesake, Fanny Jackson Coppin, was blessed with a deep knowing of her purpose, early on, which led to her becoming a pioneer in teacher education. However, for many, it takes courage to walk the path of self-discovery that is necessary to find out exactly who you are.

For this academic year, I shared with our student body that we would be focusing on IDENTITY. This emphasis was prompted in part by the opportunity we had to welcome national best-selling author and educator, Stedman Graham, to our campus last fall.

The aim of focusing on identity is to help students to appreciate their full potential and overcome the obstacles that impede them from achieving their goals.

Baltimore has been facing very challenging times. At Coppin, in West Baltimore, we sit near the center of the urban rejuvenation that will revitalize the city. As an educational institution, our role is clear: we must bring knowledge, understanding, and enlightenment. I don’t want any Coppin student to leave our campus without a deep knowledge of and respect for self.

There is inherent value in a Coppin education. The internship opportunities, the growth of STEM at Coppin, the historical significance of our urban location and plans for the future, our successful alumni and current students are all examples of how Coppin State is preparing students to succeed.

We also highlight the various ways we prepare for and sustain student success--from academic enrichment programs like College Bound, to childcare support and free tuition for senior citizens. And, as always, you’ll find enlightening faculty updates as well as interesting reflections on our institutional history.


Maria Thompson, Ph.D.