Dr. Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University, joins us for the first in our series of conversations with local college presidents: Midday on Higher Education. She will discuss how institutions of higher education are meeting the needs of older, non-traditional students as the number of degree seeking students over 25 continues to rise. Dr. Thompson is Coppin State's seventh president since its founding 118 years ago. She has served in her role since 2015 and is the first female president in the university's history. She previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Dr. Thompson holds an undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate in textile science and textile economics from the University of Tennessee.