Norfolk State University official Thompson named president of UMES

Va. school's vice president will take office July 1

May 24, 2002

Thelma B. Thompson, vice president for academic affairs at Norfolk State University in Virginia, has been named president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Thompson, a long-time liberal arts dean at Norfolk State and vice president for the past four years, replaces Dolores R. Spikes, who resigned last summer for health reasons.

Jack "Jackie" Thomas, an English professor and executive vice president, has been heading UMES on an interim basis.

Thompson has been managing a $40 million budget at Norfolk State, where she is responsible for 39 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs. She holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, all in English literature, from Howard University.

Founded in Princess Anne in 1886, UMES has 2,900 undergraduate and 300 graduate students and 131 full-time faculty members.

The appointment, announced yesterday by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, is effective July 1.

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