TU to host CUMU annual conference Oct. 20–23

National conference to be held at Inner Harbor

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 11, 2007)—Towson University will host the 13th Annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Conference on Metropolitan Universities & Community Engagement at Baltimore’s Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, October 20–23.

CUMU brings together universities that share the unique mission of striving for national excellence while contributing to the economic development, social health and cultural vitality of the urban or metropolitan centers they serve.

“As Maryland’s Metropolitan University, Towson University’s association with CUMU has been instrumental in our success and strategic planning,” says Robert L. Caret, TU and CUMU president. “Over the years we have seen the Coalition evolve as more institutions identify themselves as urban and metropolitan.”

This year’s conference features over 80 presentations examining K-16 Partnerships; Community Partnerships; Service Learning, Civic Engagement & Student Programming/Development; and Strategic Planning/Institutional Engagement. Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Lee Shulman, president, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Diane Auer Jones, assistant secretary for post-secondary education, U.S. Department of Education
  • R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric, senior managing director, Sterling Capital Partners, LP
  • Dr. James L. Fisher, consultant/author and president emeritus of Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) and president emeritus of Towson University
  • M.J. Brodie, president, Baltimore Economic Development Corporation
  • David Edgerley, secretary, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Donald Fry, president, Greater Baltimore Committee

“Baltimore has been a center of urban redevelopment for the past three decades and will serve as an excellent background to the theme of this conference,” Caret says. “We feel privileged to host this year’s annual meeting and conference.”

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