Tuesday, February 13, 2018

UMES President Bell announces decision to step down

Dr. Juliette B. Bell announced today that she will step down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on June 30. 

Bell informed Chancellor Robert Caret, the University System of Maryland's governing board and the UMES Board of Visitors of her decision, which was then shared in a letter that went out to the campus

“Serving as President of this great University has been an honor, privilege, and blessing.  I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together,” Bell said. “I thank the USM Board of Regents, Chancellor Caret, colleagues, faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters of UMES for the trust and support you have given me and for the privilege of serving our beloved UMES as your leader.” 

Bell was named UMES' 15th leader by former Chancellor William Kirwan in March 2012 and took office three months later. She is the institution's fourth woman to hold the position and the third this century, following in the footsteps of Dr. Thelma B. Thompson (2002-2011) and the late Dr. Dolores R. Spikes (1997-2001). 

“Juliette has courageously guided the University of Maryland Eastern Shore through a time of profound change, both for that institution and for higher education,” Caret said. “She never wavered in her passion for and dedication to UMES' history and mission of providing student-centered educational opportunities that foster multicultural diversity, academic success, and intellectual and social growth while preparing graduates to address challenges in a global knowledge-based economy.” 

In announcing her decision, Bell said, “This is my time to renew, to rekindle my passions, and to spend quality time with family. During the transition, I will provide assistance as requested in my role as special adviser to the University.” 

“Beyond that, I have many projects that have been placed on the back burner, including writing a book about my journey from the cotton fields of Alabama to the heights of my career as a scientist and academician,” she said. “I will finally have some time to dedicate to these pursuits.” 

Prior to becoming UMES president, Bell, a biochemist, was chief academic officer of Central State University, a historically black institution in Wilberforce, Ohio. 

At UMES, she focused on elevating the university's visibility regionally and nationally as a 21st century land-grant institution, stressing science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math - or as she likes to call it, “STEAM' disciplines. 

Those efforts paid dividends this past fall when the university cracked the top 20 ranking of historically black institutions in an annual survey of peers conducted by U.S. News & World Report. 

Bell presided over the construction and opening of a $103 million classroom building in 2016 that houses the departments of engineering, aviation science and mathematics. It is the first new classroom building since 2003, prompting a $1 million donation from Delmarva Power, an Exelon Co., to support “green” energy initiatives. 

Three months later, the Richard A. Henson Foundation bestowed another $1 million gift on UMES to continue its support of academic programs, including the university's honors program named after the late aviator-entrepreneur. 


Anonymous said...

Goodbye you Racist

Anonymous said...

Maybe they will be more welcoming of whites now...

Anonymous said...

UMES needs someone that is not racist, is well respected by local law enforcement so that Campus Security can be fixed and upgrade the entrance exams for a better educated student body instead of a bunch of snowflakes and drug dealers!

Anonymous said...

That college has become a joke and embarrassment, their degrees are basically toilet paper to corporate America.

Anonymous said...

Really it is a shame, the Campus is a really nice facility! The whole curriculum requirements need to be elevated.

Anonymous said...

She calls the Pharmacy degree program their capstone. What happened to the Physician's Assistant Program. Graduates start between $90,000 and $100,000. The ratings agencies took it away because after being warned twice the administration either refused or failed to hire enough qualified faculty. Some insiders say that it was because they could not find qualified minority faculty. What a boondogle and loss to the area. Good job Madame President.