Chancellor William E. Kirwan's Statement on Coppin State University President Stanley F. Battle's Resignation

Stanley F. Battle, president of Coppin State University, today announced that he will leave Coppin in June 2007 to take the position of chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Since joining the University System of Maryland as president of Coppin in March 2003, President Battle has worked diligently, deliberately, and successfully to enhance the university as well as its surrounding community.

Under President Battle’s visionary leadership, Coppin has garnered numerous awards in recognition of the university’s innovative use of information technology, increasing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Also under President Battle’s leadership, Coppin has extended its resources to the community, taking over the management of Rosemont Elementary School and transforming it from a failing public school to one of Baltimore City’s best. The Coppin/Rosemont Initiative has been expanded to include nearby Lemmel Middle School and
Douglass High School. In addition, the university launched the Coppin Academy, offering ninth-12th graders a rigorous high-school curriculum.

Thanks to President Battle’s dedication to broadening options for students of all ages, Coppin has become a national model in delivering education and advancing opportunities in an urban corridor affected by poverty and crime.

On behalf of the University System of Maryland, I express appreciation to President Battle for his dedicated service. I wish him much success in his position at North Carolina A&T.

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents and I will work closely with the Coppin State University community on a smooth search process and on its transition to a new leader who will continue to advance opportunities for the university and its surrounding community.

Coppin State University News Release

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