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Board of Visitors Members Receive Emeriti Status

  • Friday, January 29, 2010


    Four members of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Board of Visitors have been honored with emeriti status in recognition of their many years of dedicated service to the institution.

    Virginia Layfield, C. Payne Lucas, Rev. Charlotte Nichols and Armstead Ward are now emeriti members of the Board of Visitors.  Layfield is the former president of Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Lucas (Class of 1959) is co-founder and president emeritus of Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led development organization working exclusively in Africa; Nichols is district superintendent of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Ward (Class of 1968) is a retired human resources executive with several national corporations.

    "Each of these four outstanding champions of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has served this institution faithfully for many years and especially in their service as active members of the Board of Visitors," said President Thelma B. Thompson.  "While I will miss their thoughtful contributions at our regular meetings, I will still call out to them to seek their valuable input."

    The UMES Board of Visitors provides advice to President Thompson in the areas of community relations, institutional development, government issues and alumni affairs. 

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    Gains Hawkins, vice president for institutional advancement, UMES, 410-651-7773, 

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,