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University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman Named CUMU Vice President

An international organization dedicated to city revitalization, civic engagement, and partnerships that foster college success among urban children has elected University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman vice president of its executive committee.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a group of universities in the U.S. and Canada, elected new members at its annual conference in Washington, DC.

“CUMU is honored to have President Lieberman provide her guidance for the organization as Vice President of the Executive Committee,” CUMU Executive Director Bobbie Laur said. “We know that with her experience leading the University of La Verne and promoting widespread civic engagement amongst students, CUMU will be well-equipped to address the most pressing issues facing urban educational institutions in the future.”

New committee members, including presidents and chancellors of public and private universities, were selected because of their dedication to building relationships between higher education institutions and communities through civic engagement, economic development, and public policy objectives, CUMU wrote on its website.

Lieberman will hold the position of vice president for the next year.

CUMU, a Maryland-based organization, was founded in 1989 to promote community engagement, exchange ideas among metropolitan universities, and prepare college students to be globally-connected civic leaders.

The organization is composed of 16 percent private and 84 percent public universities, and nearly half of the student population served identify as minorities.