Board of Regents Special Review Committee on Coppin State University to Hold Public Hearing Feb. 12

Adelphi, Md. (Jan. 29, 2013) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Special Review Committee on Coppin State University (CSU) will hold a three-hour public hearing, beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12.

The hearing will be held in CSU's James Weldon Auditorium. Any member of the general public or the campus community is eligible to sign up to speak at this hearing.  The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on February 7, using the online form at

The Board of Regents in December 2012 approved a proposal by USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan to establish a special committee to conduct a comprehensive review of Coppin State and develop strategies to enhance the university's future success.

The decision to create the special review committee comes at a transitional time for the Coppin State community. In October 2012, then-President Reginald Avery announced he would resign his position, effective Jan. 22, 2013. The next day, Mortimer Neufville, who was interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore August 2011-June 2012, began his current service as interim president. Neufville is a former executive vice president with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and current APLU consultant.

The committee is chaired by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, who has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992. Hrabowski served as the vice president for academic affairs at Coppin State before first joining UMBC in 1987 as vice provost. The board asks that the committee complete its work by May 15, 2013.

Faculty, staff, and students should park as they would during the school year.  Parking for committee members will be in Lots A and B. Parking for the general public will be available in Lots F and G, with no charge.  The CSU parking and transportation department will have staff on hand to direct traffic for parking and answer any questions.

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Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719