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Coppin State president to step down in January

The president of Coppin State University announced Wednesday that he will resign early next year.

Reginald S. Avery will step down in January after leading the Baltimore City-based university for four years.

“There comes a time when leaders must step aside to allow for continued institutional growth, and for me that time has come,” Avery said in a statement. “I am grateful to the entire Coppin campus community for their commitment to the students and mission of Coppin State University.”

Faculty members gave Avery a vote of no confidence earlier this year, citing faculty turnover and poor budget management. Others had criticized Avery for expanding his cabinet at a time of budget shortfalls on campus.

Avery oversaw the creation of a new business school and a number of capital projects, including a $68 million science and technology building, a groundbreaking for which is scheduled to occur before the end of the year.

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said in a statement he would soon announce the appointment of an interim president.