Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is an organization mostly of U.S. universities located in metropolitan areas. CUMU was founded in 1989 by 10 university presidents gathered at Wright State University.[1][2] CUMU is headquartered at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. [3][4]

The organization publishes Metropolitan Universities journal, a scholarly publication addressing the issues facing urban and metropolitan-serving institutions, such as civic engagement, leadership, and shared academic spaces. As of 2016, the journal is published entirely online on a quarterly basis.[5][6]


The CUMU Executive Committee is composed of presidents and chancellors of member institutions.[7] Executive Committee members are elected to two-year terms during the annual Presidents meeting at the CUMU Annual Conference in October. [8] The current CUMU president is Tom George, Chancellor of University of Missouri–St. Louis.[9]

CUMU Standing Committees are chaired by a member President who serves on the Executive Committee and are elected at the annual CUMU conference to serve two-year terms. Membership on the standing committees is open to member Presidents and Administrators and is a great way to get more involved in the Coalition with a limited time commitment


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