Towson University president elected president of CUMU
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 25, 2006) – Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University, was elected as president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) at its annual meeting held October 22-25 in Coral Gables, Fla. He will serve a two year term as president. He has also served as vice president and secretary/treasurer of CUMU.
“It’s an honor to work with more than 84 national and international colleges and universities that share a common mission,” said Caret. “That mission is to be actively engaged in our metropolitan regions to improve the educational options and quality of life for our citizens. Metropolitan universities like Towson University serve a broad cross-section of students in urban and metropolitan settings. CUMU provides a forum for higher education leaders to discuss how our unique contributions to the community can be assessed and enhanced. I believe in our mission and am proud to be a member of this great group, which we helped establish over 20 years ago.”
CUMU seeks ways to foster the growth of urban and metropolitan universities, support collaborations between higher education and the urban environments in which they serve, and foster the development of its member institutions.
The coalition headquarters was relocated in 2006 to Towson University from Eastern Michigan University. Towson University will also serve as the coalition’s host for the 2007 International Conference to be held Oct. 20-23 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The conference theme is “Urban and Metropolitan Universities and Community Engagement.”