Heidi Anderson
Heidi Anderson (Courtesy of UMES)

Heidi M. Anderson has been named the 16th president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), effective Sept. 1.

Anderson replaces Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim was recently appointed to lead UMES on an interim basis.

“I embrace UMES’s focus on high-quality teaching and on producing knowledgeable citizens capable of leading and competing regionally, nationally and globally,” Anderson said in a statement. “As a first-generation student, I’m particularly impressed by the university’s strong emphasis on student success.”

Anderson, a native of Gary, Indiana, brings nearly two decades of higher education leadership success to her new role. As former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015 to 2017, she managed a $35 million budget and oversaw 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes and more than 40 academic majors. She guided the creation of new degrees in areas from computer science and engineering to clinical mental health counseling. She also was actively involved with the team responsible for the design and construction of a new $60 million music facility.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate degree in pharmacy administration, all from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

UMES, an historically Black institution located in Princess Anne, enrolls about 3,300 undergraduate students and slightly more than 600 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 74 percent of the student body.

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