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President's Bio

About President Anthony L. Jenkins

Dr. Anthony Jenkins, Coppin State University's Eight PresidentAnthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., became the 8th President of Coppin State University (CSU) on May 26, 2020. A respected higher education leader, he is an advocate committed to creating opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented communities.

He is a champion of public policy issues that foster meaningful dialogue within the landscape of higher education. Delivering dozens of keynote addresses to audiences across North America and China, his research, presentations, and publications have been focused on economic development, crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, funding higher education, mentoring, and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has worked to enhance the quality of the college experience for students.

A champion for quality higher education, Jenkins has served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council, the National HBCU Presidential Leadership team, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and he has assisted members of Congress and the White House to successfully secure year-round Pell and USDA funding to HBCUs. He has also served as a board member for the West Virginia Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia National Guard, the Executive Committee of the Charleston Area Alliance, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston West Virginia and the West Virginia Business Roundtable, Inc.

He has been honored by several civic organizations and universities for his leadership on social change and community engagement. In addition, he has appeared on Maryland Public Television, Fox News, The Jim Strawn Talk Show, Hoppy Kercheval – WV MetroNews, IHeart Radio, WOLB, HBCU Digest, C-SPAN, The Box Podcast and NPR. He has been inducted into several of prestigious academic honor, business, and leadership societies in the nation, including Alpha Kappa Psi; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; Pi NU; and Order of Omega. The Baltimore Business Journal selected him in their 2021 cohort of “Faces to Watch.”

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between the nation’s capital and North Carolina, 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 University.

Jenkins is married to Toinette Jenkins, and they have two daughters.