Reginald S. Avery, president of Coppin State University in Baltimore, announced that he will step down from his post on January 22, 2013. Dr. Avery became president of the university in January 2008. Previously, he served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina, provost at Alma College in Michigan, and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University.
Last February, the faculty senate approved a vote of no confidence in Dr. Avery’s leadership.
In announcing that he was stepping down Dr. Avery issued a statement that read, “Serving as President of Coppin State University has been the highlight of my career in higher education. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead an institution that is so vitally important to the community and the students that we serve. There comes a time when leaders must step aside to allow for continued institutional growth, and for me that time has come. I am grateful to the entire Coppin Campus community for their commitment to the students and mission of Coppin State University.”
Dr. Avery is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He holds a master of social work degree from Aurora University and a doctorate from Florence Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.