HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President of Coppin State University, to serve on the Board of Directors. Joining our 20-person Board of Director team, Dr. Jenkins will serve a four–year term. HCAM’s Board of Directors provide strategic focus and guidance to advance HCAM’s mission. The Board is comprised of dedicated community and business leaders from a range of industries, including healthcare, finance, law, and technology.
“HCAM is honored to have Dr. Jenkins join our Board of Directors. His vision for improving access to mental health and substance abuse services for those in higher education is in alignment with HCAM’s mission. We look forward to the unique perspective that Dr. Jenkins will bring to our Board of Directors and thank him for his commitment to HCAM’s mission,” said Traci Kodeck, CEO of HCAM.
Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., became the 8th President of Coppin State University (CSU) on May 26, 2020. A respected higher education leader, he is an advocate committed to creating opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented communities.
A champion for quality higher education, Jenkins has served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council, the National HBCU Presidential Leadership team, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and he has assisted members of Congress and the White House to successfully secure year-round Pell and USDA funding to HBCUs. He has also served as a board member for the West Virginia Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia National Guard, the Executive Committee of the Charleston Area Alliance, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia and the West Virginia Business Roundtable, Inc.
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between the nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a United States Army veteran who began his path to the presidency 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.
“The mission and purpose of HCAM aligns with my professional and personal philosophy as it relates to healthcare. Equitable healthcare is essential to the quality of one’s life. That is why Coppin’s nationally ranked Nursing program is in our community fighting this pandemic and other social health related issues. I am honored to join the board and be a part of this important work,” said Dr. Jenkins.
HCAM looks forward to Dr. Jenkins’ involvement with HCAM’s Board of Directors and organization. This month Dr. Jenkins will serve on the panel of our second spring Speaker Series session, “Re-thinking Mental Health: Workplace Equity for Communities of Color.” Register for the May 18th event.