GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series: Maryland’s HBCUs — Hubs of Innovation and Excellence

  • November 15, 2021
    8:30 am - 10:00 am

Record Investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Changing Their Role

HBCU PresidentsPictured: Dr. David Wilson, Dr. Anthony Jenkins, Dr. Aminta Breaux (left to right)

Join the Greater Baltimore Committee and three presidents of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for a discussion on the increasing emphasis on the importance of HBCUs and what additional funding will mean for HBCUs.


  • President David Wilson, Morgan State University
  • President Anthony Jenkins, Coppin State University
  • President Aminta H. Breaux, Bowie State University

Dr. David Wilson, the 10th President of Morgan State University, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Master of Science degree in education from Tuskegee University; a Master of Education degree in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and a Master of Education degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.

Prior to Morgan, he was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, including: Vice President for University Outreach and Associate Provost at Auburn University, and Associate Provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Wilson’s tenure as President of Morgan State University began on July 1, 2010.

The university’s highlights under Dr. Wilson’s leadership include the continuation of Morgan’s status as the No. 1 HBCU in production of Fulbright scholars and grantees, with 149 awarded in 44 countries around the world; and the elevation of Morgan from a moderate research classification of R3 to an elevated classification of R2, a status reserved for doctoral universities with high research activity.

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., became the 8th President of Coppin State University (CSU) on May 26, 2020. He is an established higher education leader and advocate committed to creating higher education opportunities for all students, especially culturally under-represented groups.

Dr. Jenkins came to CSU from West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., where he served as president from July 2016 until May 2020. Prior to WVSU, Dr. Jenkins was Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was the Senior Associate Vice President for the University of Central Florida.

His career includes serving at Jackson State University, before joining Virginia Tech’s Housing and Residence Life, and later the Office of the Dean of Students. He remained at Virginia Tech until becoming the Assistant Dean of Students of Northeastern Illinois University. He later served as the Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; and was recruited to serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

A United States Army veteran, Dr. Jenkins began his path to higher education as a 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.

Dr. Aminta H. Breaux has served as the visionary 10th president of Bowie State University since July 2017. She initiated a university-wide focus to infuse entrepreneurship education across the disciplines and has led the effort to build an Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community, slated to open in fall 2021. She is dedicated to building on the legacy and rich history of Maryland’s oldest historically Black university with a strategic focus on ensuring the long-term viability of the institution.

Dr. Breaux is a leading voice in 21st century education and has been tapped to serve in multiple leadership roles. She was appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland. She is Vice Chair for the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Prior to joining Bowie State, Dr. Breaux served as Vice President for advancement for Millersville University, where she oversaw fundraising, alumni engagement, event management and external relations. Previously, she was Vice President for student affairs at Millersville University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, a master’s degree in psychological services in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Executive Management and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute.

Event details:

When: Monday, November 15, 2021; 8:30-10 a.m.

Where: Webinar via Zoom

*A personal, one-time link to join the webinar will be sent out via email to all registrants the evening prior to the event.

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Cost: GBC members: $25, non-members: $50

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