USM Board of Regents recognize UMES employees
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (July 8, 2014) –
Two University of Maryland Eastern Shore employees in the Office of Residence
Life were singled out by the system’s Board of Regents at the June 27 meeting for
noteworthy service to their institution or the community.
John “Dean” Tilghman of Princess Anne, received
the Regents’ Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic or
Tilghman’s career spans some 34 years as a
live-in residential area director, most recently for the Nuttle and Wicomico residence
halls at UMES serving nearly 200 freshman males each semester.
The job entails supervising the daily
management of the hall and its staff, along with counseling students and
providing educational, cultural and social programs to promote personal
growth. Tilghman, said Marvin Jones,
director of UMES’ Office of Residence Life, has always gone the extra mile.
“Dean Tilghman has guided countless
residents from freshman entry through graduation and well beyond. His firm, yet nurturing demeanor is fueled
with passion, common sense advice and a hot meal for those in need,” Jones
He along with his sister, Evelyn Christy, a
long-time employee of the university in dining services, have generously
provided holiday meals for students who are unable to travel home for
Thanksgiving. They fed 40 people last
year according to Jones.
“I always try to be kind and on the other
hand—no nonsense,” Tilghman said. “I
treat all our students alike or according to how their character allows.”
“He (Tilghman) is a consummate professional
who runs a tight ship,” said KeShawn Taylor, a former student who worked under
Tilghman as a residential assistant and is now a peer in the office. “His generosity and genuine character define
the great moral person and role model that he is.”
Also recognized by the regents was Philip
Thomas, who has spent the last six years as a residence life area director like
Tilghman. Thomas is the recipient of the
staff award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University or the Greater
Thomas is known on campus and in the
community for numerous acts of volunteerism and involvement with non-profit
activities. He and a colleague organized
a holiday food drive for needy families for several years and created a
non-profit aimed at motivating and encouraging local school children toward
Thomas left the university in May to pursue
a military career with the U.S. Army.
Other UMES employees nominated for the
award were Donna Price in the School of Graduate Studies and Alvin Justis in
the Frederick Douglass Library.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public