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 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.top
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, Presidenttop
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Testimonials:"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