CUMU executive committee elected for 2019–2020

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is proud to announce its 2019/20 executive committee. Elections were held October 23, 2018 during the CUMU Annual Conference hosted in Chicago, Illinois. Executive committee members are presidents and chancellors of CUMU member institutions and serve two-year terms in their respective positions.

The executive committee members were selected for their demonstrated commitment to the CUMU mission of promoting and enhancing urban and metropolitan universities. In particular, these newest appointees are distinguished for their dedication to building relationships between higher education institutions and their communities through civic engagement, economic development, and public policy objectives.

Devorah Lieberman Named President

Devorah Lieberman, pictured in photo above, was elected as the executive committee’s president. Serving as University of La Verne‘s first female president since 2011, Lieberman brings with her years of experience and dedication to higher education. She remains dedicated to three values: educating and cultivating future leaders, promoting inclusivity and diversity, and leading by example with integrity.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as the new president of CUMU,” Lieberman said. “I look forward to working alongside a team of dedicated educational professionals who share a passion for improving our communities.”

William Covino named vice president and treasurer

CUMU welcomed Bill Covino, president of California State University, Los Angeles, as the committee’s vice president and treasurer. Covino has served as Cal State LA’s president since 2013 and has led the school’s efforts in fostering civic engagement and community service through their education.

New members at large

Virginia Arthur was elected as a member at large for the 2019–2020 term. Arthur has served as Metropolitan State University‘s president since 2016 and has worked to forge strong relationships with community partners and surrounding metro area colleges.

Thomas Keon was also elected for a member at large position. Keon has served as Purdue University Northwest‘s chancellor since 2011. He works to promote civic engagement and successfully completing the merger of two Purdue-system campuses.

President Emeritus

University of Missouri – St. Louis‘ Chancellor Tom George was named president emeritus for the executive committee. George previously served as CUMU’s president.

Join us in congratulating each of our executive committee members on their new roles! We are excited to see what great work lies ahead.