The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is headquartered at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Towson University was an original founder of the Coalition in 1989 and remains committed to the values of the organization. The Headquarters manages the organization’s events, communications, finances, and operations in addition to serving as liaison to the Coalition’s partners. The Executive Director serves as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.  


Headquarters Team


Bobbie Laur

Executive Director



Debbie Darr

Operations & Membership Coordinator



Sharyn Grove

Event Management

Dan Sommerville

Event Support 


Arthur Smith

Digital Communications

Zoe DiGiorgio

Communications Coordinator


Cassidy Cregan

Web and Graphic Designer


Chrissy Basuino


Student Assistant



Metropolitan Universities Journal Team



Barbara Holland

Strategy Advisor and Executive Emerita of the Metropolitan Universities Journal


Valerie Holton

Metropolitan Universities Executive Editor


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