Alade, UMES Newly Appointed Dean
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Dr. Ayodele Julius Alade was recently appointed dean of the School of Business and Technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
“Dr. Alade has been diligent and skillful in serving this institution in a variety of leadership roles within the School of Business and Technology, and that makes him an excellent choice for this position,” said UMES President Dr. Thelma B. Thompson. “Furthermore, his educational philosophy is synonymous with the UMES mission to provide access to high quality values-based educational experiences to students from all backgrounds and of all races, while emphasizing multicultural diversity and international perspectives.”
Alade joined the University August 1993, having been recruited from the University of Utah. He served as visiting professor for one year before he was offered a permanent position teaching economics, finance, statistics and quantitative methods in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Early in his career, Alade was successful in developing an investment and security analysis plan and heavily contributing to a well-rounded curriculum for the University’s finance program. He is known for maintaining high standards in the classroom, insisting that students rise to ever increasing heights in preparation for life-long learning and leadership roles.
Over a span of ten years, Alade progressed through the ranks from a tenured assistant professor to an associate professor to a full professor of Business in the Department of Business, Management and Accounting. In 2003, he was appointed acting chair of the Department of Business, Management and Accounting within the School of Business and Technology, and continued teaching. By 2005, he was appointed interim dean of the School of Business and Technology while serving as professor and chair of the Department of Business. His duties involved developing programs in the five departments within the School: Business, Management and Accounting; Technology; Mathematics and Computer Science; Engineering and Aviation Science; and Hotel and Restaurant Management. He was also engaged in grant writing, curriculum development, strategic planning and teaching.
Alade’s vision involves developing and growing the school in accordance with the mission of the University, with a focus on producing leaders with values. As interim dean of the School, Alade has provided energetic and effective leadership in building relationships with diverse constituencies within the regional business community, which is evident by a newly established Business Executive Advisory Council. The group is charged with advising the dean for incorporation of real-world challenges in the academic program and will provide a valuable professional networking opportunity for faculty and students in the program. The members of the council represent a variety of long-established and the relatively new leadership companies in the region and will work in partnership with the UMES faculty to enhance the quality of education.
“Ours is a unique and diverse school in that we have the opportunity to contribute to the lower Eastern Shore, to the state of Maryland and to the nation,” said Alade. “Our four-year engineering program, for example, is designed to meet the technological needs of this region; and our construction management program, which is ranked as one of the top programs in the whole country, is helping to meet the workforce needs of the lower Eastern Shore region, which is fast becoming one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.”
Alade’s major duties include expanding partnerships with business and industry, governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other institutions of higher education; seeking national program accreditations; collaborating with communities, including business and industry, and keeping them informed of activities, events and programs at UMES; and increasing student enrollment and retention.
In addition to the School of Business and Technology, UMES offers degree programs in its Schools of the Arts and Professions, Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Graduate Studies and Health Professions.
Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, firstname.lastname@example.org.