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Kurt L. Schmoke was appointed as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president on July 7, 2014. Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., from 2003-2012. Following that, he was appointed general counsel for Howard and served as the institution’s interim provost.

Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987. After completing three terms as mayor, Schmoke returned to the practice of law.

He became actively involved in the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association, serving a term as chair of the Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice of the latter. He has provided countless hours of pro bono legal services to charitable organizations such as the Children’s Health Forum.

Later, Schmoke’s commitment to public service led him to focus on increasing Howard University’s bar passage rate when he was the law school’s dean and to expand its clinical law program to emphasize environmental justice, fair housing, and civil rights. Schmoke earned his undergraduate degree in history from Yale University. While at Yale, he co-founded a childcare center that has been in continuous operation as the Calvin Hill Day Care Center. Stay tuned for the next issue of US Black Engineer magazine. Meanwhile…

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