Maria Thompson Appointed President
of Coppin State University
Adelphi, Md. (May 19, 2015)
-- James L. Shea, chair of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents, today announced the
appointment of Maria Thompson, Ph.D. as president of Coppin State University.
Thompson is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at
the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta).
has held her position at SUNY Oneonta since 2011 after spending 13 years as a
leading administrator for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State
University, a historically black institution in Nashville, Tenn.
appointment is effective July 1.
are delighted to welcome Dr. Thompson as president of Coppin State University,"
said Chairman Shea. "Her background as a top-level academic leader at
SUNY-Oneonta, and her earlier experience in building a research enterprise at an
urban historically black institution, position her well to advance Coppin as a
vital institution in Baltimore and the state."
State University, a historically black institution, is an urban liberal arts
campus anchored in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1900, Coppin State offers 33
majors and 12 graduate degree programs with courses in nursing, business,
teacher education, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
"I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and
other stakeholders to continue the university's commitment to preparing
graduates who are analytical, socially responsible and lifelong learners,"
Thompson said. "Urban
higher education plays a vital role in shaping the future of local, national
and global communities and I am excited about joining a campus with a rich
legacy of community engagement."
the chief academic officer for SUNY Oneonta, Thompson has led the educational
mission for a public, regional comprehensive university offering bachelor's and
master's degrees to 6,000 students. She has overseen institutional
accreditation, institutional planning and assessment, and professional development
of more than 500 full- and part-time faculty members. She initiated the first
academic master plan for the campus and implemented a plan for restructuring
the division of academic affairs to strengthen the university's long-term
"Dr. Thompson has
had such an impressive career in higher education," said USM Chancellor William
E. "Brit" Kirwan. "In her four years at
SUNY Oneonta, she has led an impressive university-wide effort to advance the
quality of the institution's academic programs.
Her leadership of the research programs at Tennessee State University is
equally impressive. Her time at TSU is especially relevant as she assume the
leadership of Coppin State University because, like CSU, it is a historically
black institution in an urban setting.
We are very fortunate to have found a person of Dr. Thompson's quality
to lead CSU into the future.
"I also want to
express my deep gratitude and appreciation to the presidential search-and-screen
committee. Under the skilled direction
of Michael Cryor, the committee of faculty, staff, students, and community
representatives worked diligently and effectively to identify a pool of highly
accomplished applicants from which Dr. Thompson rose to the top."
At SUNY Oneonta, in
addition to the successful reaffirmation of the college's accreditation,
Thompson led the implementation of a new budget model for academic programs. She
is vice chair of the SUNY Association of Chief Academic Officers, an organization
of provosts from all 64 SUNY campuses. At Tennessee State, Thompson developed
and executed a plan that increased externally funded projects to more than $45
million by focusing on grants and contracts that provided experiential learning
opportunities for students.
graduated from Tennessee State University and holds an M.S. from the Ohio State
University in textiles. She earned her doctorate in textile science and textile
economics from the University of Tennessee. She completed the Institute for
Educational Management at Harvard University in 2011 and, in 2013, completed
the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program sponsored by the American Council on
Education. She is in the 2014-15 class of the Executive Leadership Academy, a
leadership development program jointly developed by the American Academic
Leadership Institute, the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
USM Board of Regents in July 2013 appointed Mortimer H. Neufville, Ph.D., to a
two-year term as president, effective through June 30, 2015. He began his
service to Coppin as interim president in January 2013. He played a critical
role in advancing the university's future while the board's Special Review
Committee conducted a comprehensive review of Coppin State. The board's
analysis developed strategies to increase student retention and graduation
rates, improve administrative operations and financial stability, and build a
culture focused on success.
offer my profound appreciation to Mort Neufville for his leadership of Coppin
State University during this transitional time in the university's history,"
Kirwan said. "Dr. Neufville has been a great friend of the USM, taking on
appointments as interim president of both University of Maryland Eastern Shore
and Coppin State before his two-year appointment as CSU president. We are
grateful to Mort Neufville for his insight and stewardship."
To learn more about Coppin State University, visit www.coppin.edu
photo of Dr. Thompson is available upon request.)
Contact: Mike Lurie