Dr. Bonnie Copeland, Ph.D.Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland joined Laureate Education in September 2009. As Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation, she provides regulatory leadership and support to Laureate institutions and programs regarding regional, national, and specialized accreditation. She also oversees the reviews of quality assurance, the conduct of regulatory research and analysis, and assists institutions in maintaining compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements.
Dr. Copeland has more than 40 years of experience in the field of education, most recently serving as chief executive officer for the Baltimore City Public School System. During her tenure, student performance on state assessments, along with the high school graduation rate, increased significantly. Under her leadership, Baltimore became a school system of choice through the creation of smaller high schools, more focused on academic rigor; additional K-8 schools; and 12 charter schools. Dr. Copeland established a state-of-the-art accountability system, SchoolStat, and was able to close an operating budget deficit of $58 million within two years.
Previously, Dr. Copeland served as president and executive director of the Fund for Educational Excellence and as executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a public policy organization whose mission is to improve the business climate of the Baltimore region. She has also held various positions at the Maryland State Department of Education, including acting state superintendent and four years as deputy state superintendent of schools.
In December 2011, Dr. Copeland was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as an Alternate Negotiator on the Teacher Preparation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to recommend regulations regarding the Title II and Title IV reporting requirements on teacher education program quality and the TEACH grant program.
Twice named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Dr. Copeland is an active member of the community. She serves on a number of boards, including the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, and the Fund for Educational Excellence. She was selected for the Greater Baltimore Leadership program in 1995 and was admitted to Phi Delta Kappa in 1980. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Copeland served as vice chair of the New Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, appointed by the governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore City.
Dr. Copeland earned her PhD from St. Louis University and her BS and Master of Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.