University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore seal
Motto Fatti maschii, parole femine
Motto in English Manly deeds, womanly words
Established 1886
Type Public University System of Maryland
President Dr. Thelma B. Thompson
Provost Dr. Charles Williams
Academic staff 310
Admin. staff 828
Undergraduates 3,922
Location Princess Anne, Maryland, United States
38°12′43″N 75°41′06″W / 38.212°N 75.685°W / 38.212; -75.685
Campus Rural, 776 acres
Colors Maroon and Gray
Nickname Hawks
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Maryland Eastern Shore is located in Maryland
Location: 1 Backbone Rd., Princess Anne, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°12′36″N 75°41′8″W / 38.21°N 75.68556°W / 38.21; -75.68556Coordinates: 38°12′36″N 75°41′8″W / 38.21°N 75.68556°W / 38.21; -75.68556
Built: 1886
Architect: Booth, W. Wilson; Dashiell, J. Roland & Sons, et al.
Architectural style: Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, et al.
Governing body: State
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: September 16, 2005

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) located on 776 acres (2.5 km²) in Princess Anne, Maryland, is part of the University System of Maryland. UMES is a historically black university, as well as an 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant University.



The school was founded in 1886 by through the offices of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was known as the Delaware Conference Academy. Later UMES came to be called Industrial Branch of Morgan State College and Princess Anne Academy. The State of Maryland, in operating its Land-Grant program at the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, which did not admit African American students, sought to provide a Land-Grant program for African Americans. In 1919 the state of Maryland assumed control of the academy and changed its name to Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College. In 1948 the name was again changed, this time to Maryland State College. Finally, in 1970, the name became University of Maryland of Eastern Shore.

From its original campus building known as "Olney," which was constructed in 1798 during the era of President George Washington, the University has grown to over 745 acres with 32 major buildings and 41 other units.[2]The student population has increased to 4,500. Within the last decade, UMES has added 20 degree granting programs to its academic roster.


The university comprises five schools:

  • School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences
  • School of Arts and Professions
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • School of Graduate Studies

Signature undergraduate programs are hotel and restaurant management, fashion merchandising, construction management, professional golf management (sanctioned by the PGA), aviation science and teacher education. Business, criminal justice and biology are the most popular majors. UMES also has a four-year engineering program and a baccalaureate program for training physician assistants.

UMES offers master's degrees in applied computer science, criminology and criminal justice, food and agricultural science, rehabilitation counseling marine-estuarine and environmental science and toxicology. UMES also offers a Master of Education (M.Ed) in career and technology education, special education and counseling. A Master of Arts in teaching (MAT) in art education, agriculture, biology, business, chemistry, English, family and consumer sciences, math, music, social studies or technology education is offered through the Department of Education.

UMES offers doctorates in food science and technology, marine-estuarine and environmental sciences, toxicology and organizational leadership. Other terminal degree programs include doctorates in physical therapy (DPT)and educational leadership (EDLD)-- and starting in the fall of 2010, doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.).

Student life


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UMES was one of the founding members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1970. The school left the MEAC in 1979 but rejoined in 1981 and has been a member ever since. The Hawks compete in 15 sports at the Division I level: seven men's and eight women's. Previous to 1970, UMES was a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The school was once a powerhouse in black college football, producing five undefeated seasons between 1947 and 1960, but like many smaller colleges, the high costs associated with operating a Division I football program and complying with Title IX became too much of a burden, and the team was shut down after the 1979 season. In 1948, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Albright College played the first intercollegiate football game between an Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institution and a majority-white institution.[3] NFL player and coach Art Shell attended UMES.

UMES is tied with Florida State for the most alumni appearing in a single Super Bowl game. In the 1968 game (Super Bowl III) between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Colts, UMES was represented by five alumni: Earl Christy (1961–1964), Johnny Sample (1954–1957), Emerson Boozer (1962–1965), Charlie Stukes (1963–1967), and James Duncan (1968–1971).

UMES women's bowling team won the NCAA Bowling Championship in 2008 in Omaha, Nebraska against Arkansas State University. They won the series 4-2 (in a best of 7 match). The team was led by All-Tournament players Jessica Worsley (who was named the tournament MVP) and Maria Rodriguez. With the series win, UMES became the first HBCU to win a women's NCAA national championship. The UMES women also won their second 2011 NCAA Bowling Championship in Taylor, Michigan against Vanderbilt University, also winning the series 4-2 (in a best of 7 match). Kristina Frahm (named tournament MVP) and Maria Rodriguez were named to the All-Tournament team en route to their victory. That season, along with the NCAA Championship, UMES also won the USBC Team Championships over Lindenwood University as well as the MEAC Championship. In 2007 the women's bowling team came in 2nd at the NCAA National Championship (Orlando, Florida) who fell to Vanderbilt University in a 4-3 series. The team was led by All-Tournament players Marion Singleton and Jessica Worsley. The UMES women's bowling team also won the MEAC Conference Championship in 2000, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

UMES men's basketball is coached by Frankie Allen, who led the Hawks to an 9-22 record in the 2010-2011 season. The school led the nation in scoring during the 1973-1974 season with 97.6 points per game, including future NBA picks Rubin Collins, Talvin Skinner, William Gordon and Joe Pace. The team defeated Manhattan College 84-81 in the first round of the 1974 NIT and fell to Jacksonville University 85-83 in the quarterfinals.

During the 2010-11 season, UMES had a men's and women's basketball player surpass the 1,000-career point mark. Hillary Haley passed the mark on the men's side with a 24-point performance against Coppin State on February 19th, including his first season at St. Bonaventure. On the women's side, Casey Morton scored 10 points against Savannah State to surpass the mark, finishing with 1,230 in four years with the Lady Hawks.

In 2011, the Hawks men's outdoor track team was ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and subsequently was the highest ranked team in the state of Maryland.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Emerson Boozer 1965 former NFL player
Roger Brown 1960 former NFL player
Earl Christy 1967 former NFL player
Clarence Clemons Professional saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
James Duncan former NFL player
Starletta DuPois 1968 Actress
Carl Hairston 1985 former NFL player and coach
Merrecia James 2008 track and field middle distance runner from Jamaica, former member of UMES track team, and competed in North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) cross country meets and world championship cross country meets
Charlie Mays 1964 Olympic long jumper and New Jersey State Assemblyman [4]
Earl Richardson 1965 Morgan State University President
Russ Rogers Track standout
Johnny Sample former NFL player
Art Shell 1968 NFL Hall of Fame player and former coach
Ira Smith 1990 former minor league baseball player. He had the highest batting average in Division I in 1989 and 1990. [5]
Charlie Stukes former NFL player
Billy Thompson former NFL player
Carl Whyte star track & field athlete, competed on Big Break: Indian Wells on Golf Channel
Hoover J. Wright former head football coach and former head track coach at Prairie View A&M University


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