INSTITUTION, W.Va. – The decision to leave West Virginia State University was difficult and terrible for President Anthony Jenkins.
But he told MetroNews that he is looking forward to his next opportunity. The next will be President of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
On Monday, West Virginia State University (WVSU) announced that Jenkins was leaving after a spring 2020 semester for the new leadership role. He joined WVSU in July 2016 and believes that his staff moved the institution in the right direction.
“We were able to move this university forward, relocated the State,” said Jenkins with MetroNews. “My vision was to make it more competitive, relevant, sustainable and to continue as a leader in higher education.
“I am confident that we have done that.”
Jenkins said that the new position at Coppin State University (CSU), an historically based university in 1900, was not actively seeking but was presented by nomination on his behalf.
It considers that there are similarities between the CSU and WVSU, both of whom have a mission to create upward mobility and promote access and opportunities to higher education. He said that both institutions challenge students socially and give young people who need this opportunity access.
The numbers from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission show that enrollment by Jenkins at WVSU has increased to 4,120 – around 16 per cent.
These numbers include the high school “dual enrollment” program, which Jenkins said he was proud to establish during his period. Students in this program, which constitute more than half of the total number of candidates, only physically take classes at WVSU at their own schools.
Jenkins said that he was proud to receive more funding in the form of a state full land grant game for the first time in the 128-year history of the institute.
Its administration received approval to add nursing and engineering programs as president and the ability to implement seven online academic degree programs.
Jenkins, who received an extension of a five-year contract and took his annual basic salary of $ 20,000, added to $ 255,000 last summer, strongly opposed a transport bill which failed the state legislature.
Washington D native with MetroNews said he expects to move with his family from the Institute around June 1 but WVSU still has a lot of work to do including expanding enrollment management and student affairs.
While he believes that his WVSU team will leave a better place than he has got through the numbers, he said that the success of personal connections is.
These connections showed, over the past 48 hours, by calls, texts, emails and visits to his office since the news that he was leaving broke.
“Moving forward the institution is another thing we are doing forward. But to be able to make contact with people's lives and do it in a way that they are willing to come back and thank you or express how you empowered them, that is where I put my hat. ”