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University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2012)

Brief Description:

University of Maryland Eastern Shore  

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a branch of Morgan College and remained affiliated with the Baltimore institution for nearly half a century. In addition to ecumenical support, the school received modest federal aid through the second Morrill Act, making it an 1890 land-grant institution where young blacks trained in agriculture and related mechanical arts. The state of Maryland purchased the institution during the Great Depression, moving it toward baccalaureate-level status. UMES today, with 4,500 students, blends a traditional curriculum with instruction in such contemporary fields as engineering, hospitality studies and allied health, including pharmacy.


Mission Statement:

UMES Rotunda logoUMES is committed to providing access to high-quality values-based educational experiences, including individuals who are first-generation college students while emphasizing multicultural diversity and international perspectives. The university serves the education and research needs of businesses, industries, government and non-government organizations. It is committed to meeting the economic development needs on the Eastern Shore; workforce development needs of the state; international development priorities of the nation; and commercialization and entrepreneurial ventures of the university through engagement activities and partnerships.

President's Quote:

“The University of Maryland Eastern Shore opens doors to a world of possibilities. With a degree from UMES, graduates enter the workforce prepared to transform their communities, to create innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global community and to lead with integrity and competence,” – Juliette B. Bell, President

Major Accomplishments:

  • UMES is ranked in the top tier of America’s black colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
  • UMES is a national leader in the development of the Course Redesign Initiative.
  • The number of academic programs achieving peer-review accreditation has grown from four in the past decade to 26-including the coveted credential from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • UMES works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which recently extended its support with a $15 million grant for the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center.
  • Sponsored research was $23.6 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.
  • UMES completed a seven-year fundraising campaign with $15 million in gifts, more than double its previous campaign total.
  • UMES is home to a 17-acre solar-energy collection system that is setting the standard for Maryland colleges and universities to be more “green.”
  • The UMES women’s bowling team won consecutive NCAA national championships in 2011 and 2012, adding to their first achieved in 2008. The UMES women’s volleyball team achieved a first in 2011: it won a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.


Fun Facts:

  • The late rock ‘n’ roll saxophonist Clarence “Big Man” Clemons honed his musical talent while a student-athlete in the early 1960s when he also played football.
  • Upwards of 70 nations are represented annually in UMES’ student body, a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century when a student from Liberia graduated in 1923.
  • Moneta Sleet Jr. served as a photography instructor during the 1948-1949 school year. Twenty years later, he won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his Ebony magazine photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband's funeral. He was the first African-American to win the prize coveted by journalists.
  • Arthur A. King won election to Maryland’s House of Representatives in 1967, representing predominately white Prince George’s County, was a founding member and first chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus formed in 1970.
  • 6’7” alumnus, Tom “Tarzan” Spencer, became a Harlem Globetrotter in 1957.
  • In the 1913-14, Maryland residents did not pay tuition. The book deposit was $2 and the entrance fee was $1. Boys wore military-style uniforms; while girls wore dresses. Room rent was $2.75 per month and meals were $7 per month. During the 1930-31 school year. high-heel shoes were prohibited and “extravagance of dress, jewelry and hats was discouraged." Use of tobacco or intoxicants was forbidden. Students were required to have a Bible.
  • On Armistice Day in 1941, less than a month before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the school choir delivered its first radio performance on WBOC AM in Salisbury, Md.
  • Four alumni participated in the NFL’s third Super Bowl–Emerson Boozer, Johnny Sample and Earl Christy of the N.Y. Jets and Charlie Stukes of the Baltimore Colts.
  • Frank J. Trigg, the school’s fourth leader, was born a slave in the Virginia governor’s mansion in 1850. After losing an arm in a farming accident, he chose a career in education, leading three historically black institutions.


Notable Alumni:

  • Conroy Boxhill, vice president, Edelman public relations firm
  • Starletta DuPois, award-winning stage and film actress
  • Fred Engh, founder, the National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Duane Eubanks, renown jazz trumpeter
  • Bill Jones, broadcast journalist, CBS News
  • Brig. Gen. Walter Jones, retired USAF; former Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command
  • C. Payne Lucas, co-founder, Africare
  • Kelly Mack, executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, an Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative promoting careers in science, engineering, math and technology
  • Sylvia L. Quinton, founder/CEO of Strategic Community Services, Inc.
  • Earl Richardson, former president, Morgan State University
  • Art Shell, Professional Football Hall of Famer and first African-American head coach in the National Football League
  • Allen Singleton, retired higher education administrator
  • Thomas Henry Kiah, only graduate to serve as his alma mater’s top administrator



"My experience at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore was truly amazing. It started with Dr. Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, a history professor who pushed me to become a better student, to work harder and to get involved in campus activities. Other professors also encouraged me to diversify my interests by applying for different programs. I was selected to work as an intern in Annapolis for a state lawmaker. I now find myself attending law school on scholarship. I would not be where I am if it were not for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore." -- Clifford Glover III, Class of 2012


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662