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Maryland Governor Declares Feb. 9 Maryland Independent Higher Education Day

WAU Students to Participate in Annapolis Celebrations

BioPicGovernor Martin O’Malley (pictured) has declared Feb. 9 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges and universities serve in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.

The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) will bring 200 college students and administrators from across the State to Annapolis on Feb. 9 for a day of special activities, including the MICUA Presidents’ Award ceremony. The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer, will receive the 2012 MICUA Presidents’ Award for “outstanding leadership on behalf of higher education in Maryland.”

The day will begin with a student briefing at 10:15 a.m. in the Historic Inns of Annapolis, Calvert House. Following the briefing, students will visit with State legislators and elected officials. At 1 p.m., the students and college officials will reconvene for the MICUA Presidents’ Award ceremony, which will be followed by Treasurer Kopp’s keynote address and a luncheon. “The Presidents’ Award is the highest honor bestowed by the MICUA Board and is presented to individuals who have earned the Board’s deepest respect and esteem,” says MICUA President Tina Bjarekull. “It is being awarded in recognition of Treasurer Kopp’s exemplary leadership in support of higher education throughout her distinguished career.”

Treasurer Kopp is the second woman ever to serve as Maryland’s State Treasurer and is the only woman servingMaryland in a Constitutional Office. In addition to her responsibilities for managing the Office of State Treasurer and its Divisions, the Treasurer holds positions of leadership on a number of key State finance planning committees. Treasurer Kopp served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1975 to 2002 where she held several leadership positions, including Deputy Majority Leader and Speaker Pro Tem. In addition, she chaired the House budget subcommittee that handled higher education matters.

Private colleges and universities have been educating young men and women in Maryland for 230 years, and Governor O’Malley has commended the independent institutions for their significant contributions to higher education and recognized the broad public benefits these institutions provide by contributing to social mobility, economic prosperity, workforce development, scientific discoveries, global competitiveness, civic participation, and service to community.

Twenty-first century jobs require high-level skills and education. Furthermore, the educational attainment of a population is directly linked to the economic prosperity of a state. Maryland is one of the most highly competitive states in the nation, ranking second in bachelor’s degree attainment. With a median household income of more than $64,000, Maryland ranks third nationally, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.

Maryland’s institutions of higher education, public and private, produce the knowledge and conduct the research underpinning the State’s economy. Every year, MICUA colleges and universities serve 63,000 students, award about 30% of all degrees conferred by a Maryland four-year institution, and attract $2.4 billion in research grants. These activities contribute to Maryland’s quality of life and standard of living. 

MICUA is a member-driven organization devoted to serving the interests of independent higher education and supporting the work of campus leaders throughout the State. Established in 1971, the Association provides services to meet the needs of independent higher education and fosters cooperative efforts among its member institutions and all segments of higher education. As the voice of independent higher education in Maryland, MICUA seeks to inform the broader public about its member institutions and the vital importance of independent colleges and universities to the future of our State and nation.

Member institutions include Capitol College, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John’s College, Sojourner-Douglass College, Stevenson University, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College. Ner Israel Rabbinical College and St. Mary’s Seminary & University are affiliate members.