PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In Princess Anne, the President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is stepping down at the end of the school year.
Dr. Juliette Bell made the announcement Monday morning, and on Tuesday she spoke of six years as UMES president and her plans after leaving the university.
Dr. Bell says that she is very proud of the work she's done with the university and says working as the president was a dream that's now fulfilled.
As the first college grad in her family, Bell leaves UMES hoping to impart the message to all students that they too can accomplish anything.
"My message has always been to them that you can do anything that you want to do as long as your willing to work for it. And so I just encourage them to continue to think big, to dream big dreams and to work towards achieving those goals," says Dr. Bell.
Bell says she plans on moving back to North Carolina where she hopes to spend more time with family and might even start writing a book about her experiences.
47 ABC reached out to students and faculty at UMES Tuesday to hear their thoughts on Dr. Bell's reign as president.
"I had never seen her around campus. I've never seen her personally physically but it was a shock knowing it's her last year, but hopefully the next person that comes in is active on campus," says one UMES junior.
UMES Asst. Basketball Coach, Shelton Hawkins, says," I thought she did an amazing job. I've only been here for two years but I thought she did an amazing job. She's very supportive of all the athletic programs came to many of our basketball games."
The school's chancellor plans to lead the search for a new president. Salisbury University is also searching for a new president, Janet Dudley-Eshbach will step down on June 30th. Her replacement should be announced in the coming months.
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