UMES president to retire in August

Thompson credited with expanding programs, increasing enrollment

March 16, 2011|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

University of Maryland Eastern Shore President Thelma B. Thompson announced Wednesday that she will retire in August after nine years leading the school.

"I've reached a point in my career here at UMES where I am comfortably saying that I have accomplished what I set out to do," she said.

The historically black university was in danger of closing when Thompson took over, but during her tenure, UMES has expanded its collection of accredited programs from four to 25, completed a record $14 million fundraising campaign and increased enrollment by 25 percent.

"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," said university system Chancellor William E. Kirwan.

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