Thelma Thompson to Step Down as President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Thelma B. Thompson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has announced her intention to retire on August 15. Dr. Thompson has led the historically black university for the past nine years. Prior to coming to UMES in 2002, she was vice president for academic affairs at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She has taught at Bowie State University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the City University of New York.

President Thompson, a native of Jamaica, is a 1970 graduate of Howard University. She holds a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in English literature from Howard University.