Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. Selected as New Coppin President

(BALTIMORE – December 2, 2019) – Bmorenews.com obtained a copy of an internal email from the University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret highlighting Dr. Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., as the next person to head Coppin State University beginning in late May of next year. Coppin, located in Historic West Baltimore, is an HBCU that has long been a home to African American students from Baltimore and beyond. It is well-known for its incredible tradition of educating teachers and nurses.

Dr. Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D.

MEMO: From University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret

I am very pleased to announce that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., as the next president of Coppin State University (CSU), beginning May 26, 2020.

Dr. Jenkins has served as President of West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., since July 2016. He will succeed Maria Thompson, who was appointed to the CSU presidency in 2015 and announced in January that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Mickey Burnim has been leading the institution as interim president since Dr. Thompson stepped down.

Under President Jenkins’ leadership, WVSU has experienced enrollment growth at the undergraduate, graduate, and online levels. He fostered this growth through the university’s first nursing and engineering programs, the “WVSU Loyalty Program” and the “Straight 2 STATE” initiative. These innovative programs promoted partnerships with state high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges to boost enrollment. To bolster student success, Dr. Jenkins created the “Yellow Jacket Bridge to Success Program” and the “Registration Celebration” initiative, driving WVSU’s retention rate to a five-year high. Dr. Jenkins’ leadership at WVSU also focused on expanding the institution’s research portfolio, which has resulted in millions of additional dollars in federal and state grant funding annually.

To further cement this growth in research activity, during his tenure the university completed a $9 million project creating its first Integrated Research and Extension Building. In addition, over $1.3 million in structural and technological upgrades were made across campus. President Jenkins began his path to higher education first as a United States Army veteran and 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.

His higher education administrative experience includes service at institutions such as UNC-Wilmington, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the University of Central Florida. Additional information about Dr. Jenkins will be available in a news release posted later this morning.

I want to commend the faculty, staff, students, and community representatives that comprised the CSU presidential search-and-screen committee. The committee, first led by regent Katrina Dennis who sadly passed away earlier this year after a long illness and then by Regent Robert Wallace—along with Mary Owens-Southall, Coppin’s Dean of Graduate Studies—did an exceptional job identifying a pool of highly accomplished applicants.

My thanks as well to former CSU President Maria Thompson and Interim President Mickey Burnim. Coppin, the USM, the City of Baltimore, and the state of Maryland, are all stronger for your service. Coppin State University is a vital institution for Baltimore and Maryland. It is one of the nation’s foremost Historically Black Institutions, committed to the students it serves, and a critical component in the success of the families and communities of Baltimore. Dr. Jenkins’ leadership and vision will serve Coppin well. We expect to have the opportunity to welcome incoming President Jenkins to Coppin’s campus within the next few weeks. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming him to the Coppin State University and USM communities.

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