Coppersmith selected as president of Chesapeake College
Officials announced that a former intelligence officer with the CIA and former member of the U.S. Army Reserve will serve as the leader of a local community college, in Maryland.
The Chesapeake College Board of Trustees says on Tuesday, they selected Dr. Clifford P. Coppersmith to be the sixth president of Chesapeake College. Officials say Dr. Coppersmith was chosen by a unanimous vote from a pool of 72 applicants which was narrowed sown to four candidates.
Fifty-five-year-old Coppersmith is currently Dean of City College, an embedded community college within Montana State University Billings with 1,400 full and part-time students. Coppersmith previously held several administrative and academic positions including over 19 years at two institutions: Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University; and Utah State University – Eastern, formerly the College of Eastern Utah.
In reference to Coppersmiths's experience, Chesapeake College Board of Trustees Chair Blenda Armistead says, "Dr. Coppersmith's background and experience were a great match for the qualifications and expectations established at the outset of our national search for a new president. We were looking for someone with a proven track record in developing programs to address workforce needs in the community, and he brings that experience to the Mid-Shore. Dr. Coppersmith also understands and has extensive experience with the transfer mission of community colleges. As an individual who began his higher education in a community college in upstate New York, he is committed to insuring that Chesapeake College will serve as a gateway to further education for all of our residents."
Coppersmith has four academic degrees: A doctorate in history and anthropology from Oklahoma State University; a master's in history from St. Bonaventure University in New York State; a bachelor's in political science and Latin American studies from Brigham Young University in Utah; and an associate in social science from Jamestown Community College in New York State.
Coppersmith says community engagement will be among his first priorities stating, "Right off the bat, I want to establish those relationships and connections that are so critical to the success of the College. I anticipate working closely with the members of the Board of Trustees, civic and public education leaders and the local business network to strengthen Chesapeake and its vital role in serving the five-county region as a center for higher education, cultural activities and economic development."