MD delegate pushes for HBCU’s to get autonomy from state system
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A Maryland Delegate is pushing to separate historically Black colleges and universities in the state from the University System of Maryland. Recently, Delegate Julian Ivey drafted a bill to give autonomy to HBCU’s including The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State University, and Coppin State University. Ivey tells 47 ABC by separating their governance from the University System of Maryland these universities will be able to correct funding differences among state institutions. As well as advocate for themselves in order for them to get the resources that they need.
“The goal is to give them autonomy to allow for their presidents to be empowered to go to the state of Maryland and the General Assembly more fiercely and effectively advocate for the resources that they need rather than having to accept what’s given,” said Ivey (D-District 47A).
Ivey says that he wants these HBCU’s in Maryland to receive the same autonomy as Morgan State who has their own governing board.
He adds that he expects to bring this bill before the Maryland General Assembly next year.