USM: Md. university president selected as interim president at UMES

Dr. Mickey Burnim  Courtesy of USM

A leader of another Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Maryland has been selected as interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

On Monday, the University System of Maryland (USM) says Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, former president of Bowie State University between 2006 and 2017, will serve as the interim president of UMES, in Princess Anne. Officials say Dr. Burnim will begin transitioning into the position on June 18. His service as interim president will begin on July 1.

In February, President Juliette Bell announced her resignation stating that she would be stepping down by this summer. 

Regarding the selection of Burnim for the role of interim UMES president, Chancellor Robert Caret says, " Mickey Burnim is a widely respected member of the USM community with success leading two Historically Black Institutions, including more than a decade of excellent service as president of Bowie State University. He is the ideal leader to guide UMES on an interim basis while the search and selection process for a new president concludes."

According to USM officials, Dr. Burnim's 11 years as president, Bowie State experienced significant increases in regional and national recognition, added majors in cybersecurity and information technology, opened three new buildings, grew enrollment and graduates, and undertook a successful fundraising campaign.  He also previously served as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, an Historically Black Institution in North Carolina.

Burnim holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Texas and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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