Female Trouble podcast: Maria Thompson, Coppin State University president (episode 55)

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For Maria Thompson, education is the family business. With a background in textiles, Maria has worked as an administrator at Tennessee State University and served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oneonta. In July 2015, Maria became president of Coppin State University, a historically black institution in West Baltimore with a history of educating nurses, teachers and other professionals. Coppin has struggled with financial problems and poor graduation rates, and Maria talked about taking on that challenge. She also discussed representation, becoming Coppin’s president in the wake of the Baltimore unrest, and drawing inspiration from the university’s namesake.

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