Good morning.


I am very pleased to announce that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Heidi M. Anderson as the next president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, beginning September 1, 2018. Anderson succeeds Dr. Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1.


Anderson brings nearly two decades of higher education leadership success to the 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.


Under Anderson’s guidance, the university implemented new articulation agreements with four community colleges, increased the number of dual-enrolled students, and helped secure an additional $2.5 million in funding to support student success and faculty development efforts. During her tenure, research spending increased 4.6 percent. She also led a major restructuring that included such offices as the Registrar, Study Abroad, Student Success and Office of Sponsored Research and Graduate Studies. In September 2017, Anderson took on the role of Special Advisor to the President.


Heidi is consistently described as a visionary, dynamic, inspirational and trusted leader who fosters strong, collaborative and collegial teams, and who values transparency, integrity and shared governance.


We were equally impressed by her passion and energy for supporting students, for the UMES mission, and for actively driving positive change. Heidi will be an excellent and transformative leader for UMES.


Before her time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Anderson served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Vice President/Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Kentucky; chaired the Pharmacy Care System Department at Auburn University; and was an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy. She earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration, M.S. in Education and B.S. in Pharmacy at Purdue University.


Permit me to also take a moment to thank Juliette Bell for her six years of devoted service to UMES. She will be missed by many of her colleagues across the USM and on the Eastern Shore. I would also like to thank Dr. Mickey Burnim for agreeing to lead UMES as interim president.


We expect to have the opportunity to welcome President-elect Anderson to the UMES campus later this summer. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming her to the UMES and USM communities.




Robert L. Caret


University System of Maryland



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