UMES Has New President

Jul 18, 2018

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has a new president.

Heidi Anderson will take over effective September 2st and she replaces Juliette Bell who left the post in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she has two decades of experience in higher education including as former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University.

At that institution she oversaw a $35 million budget and 22 academic departments.

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The University of Maryland has rescinded the three honorary degrees that had been given to Bill Cosby.

These were from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Board of Regents had received requests to do so from all three institutions.

In 1998 Cosby received an honorary degree of humane letters from UMES during a commencement ceremony at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore along with two other of the state’s universities are asking to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

The move follows the former comedian’s conviction of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

WBOC reports that UMES gave Cosby the degree in 1998 when he addressed the school during a commencement ceremony.

The television station reports that some students it talked with said it was the right thing to do.

Senior Ben Webster said that it was necessary to address the issue of sexual violence and harassment.

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Bobby Collins is out as the basketball coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

He led the Hawks during four seasons but his contract was not renewed.

The Salisbury Daily times reports that Collins immediately saw success when he took over the team in 2014.

He finishes his time at the school with a 49-to-82 overall record.

In 2018 injuries forced Collins to have underclassmen lead the squad.

The paper reports that Jeff Goodman from ESPN was the first to report the news.,

Juliette Bell who is stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore says she will not be completely separating her ties from the historically black college.

During a news conference yesterday Bell said that she would continue on as a special advisor to the institution for at least a year.

As for her future Bell said she had not decided what she might do but noted that she had been writing a book in her head for the last ten years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bell said she would be returning to her home in North Carolina after June.,

Juliette Bell will be stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the end of June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in her letter of resignation she said that she was proud of what had been accomplished at the institution.

The paper reports that she will be holding a news conference this morning to elaborate on her impending departure.

Bell noted that the historically black college broke into the ranks of the top 20 HBCU’s according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a training session this weekend on how to administer Narcan to reverse a drug overdose.

The training was carried out by the university’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

It was the first of these sessions by the school to deal with the rising opioid addiction rate in the country.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were 69 participants -- a high turnout that surprised many at the session.

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Police have arrested a 19 year-old Baltimore woman after a Trump political billboard in Princess Anne was set on fire.

Police say that D’Asia Perry was taken into custody on the campus the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The motive, authorities said, was over “political differences”.

The Salisbury Daily Time reports it is not clear if she attended UMES.

The paper reports that she has been charged with arson and the commission of a hate crime and has been released on a $20-thousand bond.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry.

The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive.

In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them for lost pay caused by the delay in transferring to another program.