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UMES recognized by national education group

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Bell assumes leadership post

    Juliette Bell - APLU

    Dr. Juliette Bell is the Council of 1890 Universities new chair.  

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Nov. 14, 2013) - A national education group recognized the University of Maryland Eastern Shore earlier this week for its recent success in training educators and for its work in coordinating international research. 

    The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities named 15 recipients of its inaugural 1890 Land-grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards as a part of an ongoing effort highlighting exemplary achievements at historically black institutions. 

    UMES took honors in two of those categories during a ceremony held in conjunction with the association's 126th annual meeting here.

    UMES President Juliette B. Bell also moved into the leadership post of chair of the association's Council of 1890 Universities , a group of 20 institutions that trace their roots to financial support from the federal government when it adopted the Morrill Act of 1890. 

    Bell had been the council's chair-elect, which put her in position to move into heading the panel of  her peers during the next academic year. When Gilbert Rochon resigned Oct. 22 as Tuskegee University's president, he relinquished the chairmanship of the council and Bell took the reins.

    The APLU's new 1890 Awards were created to recognize advances in teaching, research and innovation on 1890 university campuses and encourage "advancement and development in these areas of national importance." The awards are sponsored by the Kresge Foundation. 

    UMES received the inaugural Education Degree Completion Award for having the highest increase - 180 percent - in Teacher Education bachelor's degrees from 2011-2012 through 2012-2013.

    The university also was recognized for having the largest increase - 22 percent - in international research awards from 2011-2012 through 2012-2013.