Coppin appoints dean of revamped department

November 01, 2007|By Gadi Dechter

Coppin State University announced yesterday the appointment of Beverly J. O'Bryant as dean of the newly configured School of Professional Studies.

O'Bryant, a retired Washington public schools official and a former administrator at Bowie State University, will oversee five academic departments, including criminal justice, social work and social sciences.

Last year, a faculty committee charged with finding a new dean proposed that the search be halted and that the school be managed instead by a council of department chairmen. The faculty's contention was that Coppin had a glut of highly paid administrators and that a relatively small school of about 25 professors could govern itself.

The search committee later dropped the proposal and recommended O'Bryant as dean, said spokeswoman Caron Brace.

O'Bryant, 60, has a doctorate in educational counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a former president of the American Counseling Association.

At Bowie, she directed the college's first doctoral program, in educational leadership, and was a special assistant to the provost. Her focus at Coppin will be to increase student recruitment and retention, and to find external funding sources for the professional studies school, officials said.

O'Bryant will be paid $107,000 a year, Brace said.

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