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CUMU was founded with the purpose of bringing together leaders and scholars to share, discuss, and debate important issues facing our unique institutions and the cities we serve.


About the CUMU Annual Conference

The CUMU Annual Conference is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from urban and metropolitan universities and colleges. CUMU consists of a community of college presidents and chancellors, senior academic and business leaders, faculty, center directors, community partners, K-12 leaders, economic and workforce development professionals, and policy makers. 


The 2016 conference was our largest yet; with more than 350 registered attendees, it was sold out. The 2016 conference theme Charting the Future of Metropolitan Universities, was designed to generate dialogue that examined the biggest challenges and opportunities facing our institutions and cities, and how we can transform our institutions to meet the needs of our community and students.


What Attendees Say

Connecting with others doing inspirational and like-work is vital to growing our institution’s mission as a premier engaged university and helps to create new models to translate into the work that we do."

My favorite part of the CUMU Conference was learning about the various models for community/university relationships. I liked that the presenters shared the triumphs and the challenges."

There are other institutions facing the same challenges we face at our institutions and we can learn from each other. I learned about some great practices occurring at other universities that we can implement."

Having now been at two CUMU schools, I know the value of the CUMU organization. The work inspires productive and mission-centered collaborations across interests that don’t easily find ways and means to connect. That re-centering on aligning actions and decisions with mission and on stretching our concepts of scholarship and responsibility – and celebrating student growth as they participate – creates fertile space for inspired leadership."


The Audience

Among the higher education leaders generally in attendance are:

  • Presidents/Chancellors

  • Provosts

  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Academic Affairs
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Administration
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Technology Systems
  • Vice Presidents/Vice Chancellors of Outreach and Engagement
  • Vice Presidents/Vice Chancellors of Research
  • Vice Presidents/Chancellors of Student Affairs
  • Community Partners
  • K-12 Education Leaders
  • Deans of Education
  • Deans of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Deans of Lifelong Learning
  • Deans of Business
  • Directors Enrollment
  • Directors of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  • Directors of University and Community Partnerships
  • Policy Makers
  • Senior Business Affairs Officers
  • Senior Government Affairs Officers
  • Senior Public Affairs Officers
  • Senior Development Officers
  • Senior Engagement Officers
  • Faculty
  • Association Presidents and Executive Directors

Contact Bobbie Laur

  • email: blaur@towson.edu
  • phone: 410-704-3764



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2017 Annual Conference

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