Meet Your Executive Board
“Our alumni present us with a unique opportunity to build a foundation of support to be a stronger university” – Eric Gordon
Keesha L. Wallace
Class of 1997
Class of 2005
Sgt. at Arms
Class of 19XX
Class of 1969
1 st Vice President
Fundraising Committee Chair
Class of 1996
Class of 1972
Class of 2006
2nd Vice President
Membership Committee Chair
Class of 1996
Class of 2002
Class of 2000
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Inc. has a very, very rich history. Our research shows that the first Baltimore Alumni Chapter was formed in the mid 1940s and led by President Edward Wilkins, Class of 1941. He was a graduate of Princess Anne Academy ( the original name of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.) He worked with the alumni chapter for several years before the chapter became inactive.
In 1970, The Baltimore Alumni Chapter was revitalized in by a group of alumni who had recently graduated from Maryland State College (MSC). According to one of the founders of this group, it was rumored that there was a possibility that the school was closing, therefore this group of alumni unified to support the school. The President was Ellis Boston (Class of 1967) He was a graduate of Maryland State College. He later earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
In the mid 1970s, George Boston was elected President. Mr. Boston was a 1952 graduate of Maryland State College
Vernon Williams, a 1970 graduate of Maryland State (What year was he president) of the Jesse Edwards became president of the Alumni Chapter in 1979.
In 1979, Jesse Edwards became chapter President. He was a 1968 graduate of Maryland State College. and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Jesse Edwards served as President of the Baltimore Alumni Chapter for ten years.
On August 25, 1984, The Baltimore Alumni Chapter received its official charter from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association under the leadership of Valerie Watts in 1984.
In 1989, Charles Gregg was the next elected President of the organization. Mr. Gregg is a 1968 graduate of Maryland State College. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Delphine Lee served as his Vice President. It was under his tenure that the chapter received its 501c3 status.
In 1993, Mrs. Delphine Lee was elected President. Mrs. Lee was a 1970 graduate of Maryland State College and Thomas Frasier served as her Vice President. Under her leadership the Baltimore Alumni Chapter continued to thrive. During this era the chapter received its Maryland State tax exempt status and worked closely with the National Alumni Association in establishing its (501c3) incorporation status. Under the leadership of Mrs. Lee the Baltimore Chapter developed a website and recruited young alumni to help move the chapter to its next level.
On March 19, 2010 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Inc. had a changing of the guards after 17 years.
In 2010, Ms. Pamela McCollough became President.
In 2014, Ms. Angel Maes became President, She is a 2002 graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
In 2018, Dr. Daryl Anderson became President, Dr. Anderson is a 1996 graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Anderson led the chapter during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keesha Wallace is the current Chapter President elected in 2021. She is a 1997 graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
*** Special Recognition to Thomas Frasier who has served on seven executive boards. His dedication and commitment to the chapter and the University is immeasurable.
The executive board now consists of older and younger alumni. This combination of history, knowledge and Hawk Pride will help the organization to soar higher and provide assistance to future and current alumni of University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The members of the Baltimore Chapter have been together for decades and work, think, support and love each other as a family. They open their arms and hearts to all Hawks. The Baltimore chapter is always in the mode of giving and helping the university, other chapters, students and a major support to each other. The chapter continues to give monetary gifts every year during homecoming activities. Additionally, chapter members are always in the posture of recruiting academically sound students to UMES.
Established working documents for the Baltimore Chapter: Constitution, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation.
Purchased band uniforms for the UMES Marching Band.
Given over $40,000 in scholarships to students in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area and Baltimore County.
Hosted receptions for scholarship recipients.
Established the UMES Baltimore Chapter Endowment – Market Value of the fund is $30,944.
Given approximately $40,000 over the last ten years to UMES, usually at homecoming.
Supports the UMES Jazz Band monetarily when asked.
Hosted book signing for Dr. William P. Hytche.
Hosted Welcome Reception for Dr. Thelma B. Thompson.
Supported the William T. Hytche Legacy Initiative.
Committed to returning football to UMES, therefore supporters of Hawks for Football.
Received a $5,000 grant from AAI to increase membership.
Established two book scholarships per year in the name of Edward Wilkens Scholarship.
Established one music scholarship per year for four years in the name of Arthur B. Jenkins.
Established a $10,000 scholarship endowment in the name of Earl Richardson.
Annual Christmas stocking stuffing for children in support of the Angel Tree project by the Red Cross.
Supported the Thunderin’ Hawks Pep Band and the UMES Choir.
Recruit alumni by hosting happy hours, summer family cookouts, bowling outings and other events.
Donated over $35,000 to UMES.
Received a Baltimore City Resolution in recognition of our support of the City's inaugural Toy Drive and Holiday Celebration.