USM Chancellor Caret appoints UMES Presidential Search Committee

Mar 22, 2018

ADELPHI, Md. -- Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), today appointed the search and screening committee for the new president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).   Current UMES President Juliette Bell announced in February that she will step down on June 30, 2018. Bell was selected for the position in March 2012 and is the fourth woman to serve as UMES president.

“The task of finding and hiring unique presidents for USM’s institutions always will be one of the most important duties our Board of Regents can fulfill,” Caret said. “I met recently with members of the extended UMES community, and appreciate the feedback from an extended visit to campus that helped to inform decisions on selecting this search committee.”

The chair of the search committee is Michelle Gourdine, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the University School of Medicine and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The other members of the committee, which includes representatives from UMES  faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and from the greater community, are (alphabetically):

·         Michelle Gourdine, M.D., Chair


University System of Maryland

·         John Allen


UMES Board of Visitors

·         Rondall Allen


School of Pharmacy and Health Professions


·         Charles Grattan Baldwin

Assistant Professor

Director of Master of Arts in Teaching Program

·         Kate Brown

Interim Dean

School of Business and Technology

·         Antoinette Coleman

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

University System of Maryland

·         Owanaemi Davies


Student Government Association

·         Veronique Diriker

Director of Development; Senate Chair


·         Enrique Nelson Escobar

Assistant Professor and Small Ruminant Extension Specialist

Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences


·         Lakeisha Harris

Interim Dean; Faculty Assembly Chair

School of Graduate Studies, UMES


·         Deborah Hayman


UMES National Alumni Association

·         Eric Hilton


Office of Admissions & Recruitment

·         Zoe Johnson


Graduate Student Government Association

·         Bonnie Luna

UMES Board of Visitors

Salisbury, MD

·         William Roberts


W.R. Roberts Company

On February 26, Caret met with a number of groups across the UMES, including senior leadership and deans; faculty; staff members; student leaders; external community members; members of the UMES board of visitors; and the alumni association.

The committee will work with the firm Academic Search, based in Washington, D.C.

The committee's work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The board will make the final selection. Typically, the search process for the hiring of a USM campus president takes five-to-six months to complete.