Board of Directors

Bonnie S. Copeland

Board of Directors

  • Chair, Governance Committee


  • Ph.D., St. Louis University
  • Master of Education, Miami University
  • Bachelor of Science, Miami University

About Bonnie

Retired in 2017 after 46 years in education and non-profit organizational leadership, Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland was most recently Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation, for Laureate Education, Inc. Prior to joining Laureate, Dr. Copeland served 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.  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 held various positions at the Maryland State Department of Education, including Deputy State Superintendent of Schools and Interim State Superintendent. In 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 has served on a number of boards for educational and non-profit institutions and Baltimore’s children’s museum; and is an alumna of the Greater Baltimore Leadership program.  Dr. Copeland earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University and her BS and Master of Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.


  • Twice named as “MD’s Top 100 Women”
  • Greater Baltimore Leadership program
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Wapakoneta HS Hall of Fame
  • Fullwood Foundation “Caring and Sharing” Award
  • Baltimore Education Network “Beacon of Light” award


  • Vice Chair, Fund for Educational Excellence Board
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