Neufville's first priority has been to balance the budget, he said, though he's also begun to reorganize academic areas. Two of Coppin's five schools — education, and arts and sciences — will merge in July, and other programs will be eliminated, he said.
"I believe that Coppin is doing a tremendous service to young African-Americans and we are a vital service to Baltimore and the state of Maryland," Neufville said, "and I believe with some renewed interest ... we can go a very, very long way."
Coppin at a glance
Total enrollment: 3,612
Full-time students: 72 percent
Undergraduates: 87 percent
Average age: 30
Baltimore residents: 45 percent
Pell Grant recipients: 69 percent
2nd-year retention rate: 64 percent
New freshman graduation rate: 15 percent
Transfer student graduation rate: 40 percent
SOURCE: Coppin State University