Chancellor Kirwan Appoints University of Maryland Eastern Shore President Search and Screening Committee
Adelphi, Md. (April
25, 2011) -- William E.
Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), today announced
the appointment of the search and screening committee for the president of
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), one of the university system's 12
B. Thompson announced last month that she will retire on Aug. 15 as UMES president.
She served as UMES president for nine years.
chair of the search and screening committee is UMES Alumnus Alfonso N. Cornish,
vice president for education and development and chief learning officer for
Norton Healthcare. Cornish is a member of the board of the USM Foundation, which
supports the mission of USM member institutions and several community college
clients throughout Maryland.
other members of the committee are:
Chapin, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Incoming chair of Faculty Assembly
Collier-Mills, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management
Finney, Program Administrative Specialist, Frederick Douglass Library
Jackson, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Khoza, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology
Rogers-Ford, President, UMES National Alumni Association
Spinner, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice
Jesse T. Williams
Sr., Chair, UMES Board of Visitors
Associate Professor of Mathematics; Chair of Faculty Assembly; Incoming chair
of the University Senate
the USM Board of Regents, the Honorable C. Thomas McMillen, USM Regent and CEO,
Homeland Security Corporation
the Office of the USM Chancellor, Anne J. Moultrie, USM Associate Vice
Chancellor for Communications
the Committee: Alverta Polk, Administrative Assistant II, School of
Agricultural and Natural Sciences
anticipates that the search process will be completed within six months. The
committee's work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for
consideration by the chancellor and the USM Board of Regents. The board will
make the final selection.
Thelma Thompson's tenure as UMES president, the university has been praised for
its marked improvement in academic quality and has received more than $150
million in external grants and sponsored research funding.
president of UMES, Dr. Thompson focused relentlessly on excellence," Chancellor
Kirwan has said. "Under her guidance, the university
introduced new and unique programs that have both widened opportunities for
students and enhanced the region's and the state's
growth and economic development. UMES has earned and maintained critical
academic program accreditations and has consistently earned U.S. News
& World Report's ranking as one of the
country's best historically black institutions."
announce the appointment of an interim president later this year.
information about UMES, see www.umes.edu.
Contact: Mike Lurie