In 1990, leaders of metropolitan and urban universities addressed their unique challenges and opportunities by creating the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. These leaders share a mission to use the power of their campuses in education, research, and service to enhance the communities in which they are located. In a letter to Chancellor Roger Brown, James T. Harris, CUMU Conference Committee Chair and President, Widener University, expressed his thoughts.
“With your theme of Working Together Works: Partnering for Progress, the 18th Annual Conference should offer a stimulating dialogue on a subject of the deepest interest to our members,” Harris said. “In addition to your well thought out program proposal, the committee was impressed with The University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s continued support of the Coalition and your own commitment to the metropolitan agenda.”
UTC’s proposal states that “all metropolitan cities have unique features, but Chattanooga has gained worldwide recognition for the visioning process that was instrumental in transforming the city from decay into vibrancy. U. S. News and World Report describes Chattanooga as ‘one of the six cities in the world that work to create a great urban experience.’ Today the university and the city demonstrate beautifully the synergy that results from effective partnerships.”
CUMU will meet in Chattanooga October 12-16, 2012.