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Juliette Bell who is stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore says she will not be completely separating her ties from the historically black college.

During a news conference yesterday Bell said that she would continue on as a special advisor to the institution for at least a year.

As for her future Bell said she had not decided what she might do but noted that she had been writing a book in her head for the last ten years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bell said she would be returning to her home in North Carolina after June.


Juliette Bell will be stepping down as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the end of June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in her letter of resignation she said that she was proud of what had been accomplished at the institution.

The paper reports that she will be holding a news conference this morning to elaborate on her impending departure.

Bell noted that the historically black college broke into the ranks of the top 20 HBCU’s according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen paid tribute to former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman at a ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Democrat told the historically black college that it was important to mark the incredible story.

He said hoped legislation in Washington will soon allow a statue of Tubman in the nation’s capital.

President Obama slated her image to replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore could be pulling the honorary degree given to actor Bill Cosby.

University President Juliette Bell issued a statement saying that was an option.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a number of universities and colleges have taken back their honorary awards in the wake of the claims by around 60 women who claim they were raped by the 76-year old entertainer over the years.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been hit with a discrimination lawsuit by Ronald Nykiel.

He charges that as a former member of the UMES administrative cabinet under President Juliette Bell was treated differently because he was white.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES officials confirmed there was a lawsuit and said that there were working on it with the university attorneys.

The suit was filed in Baltimore last week.

The paper said also attempts to contact Nykiel were unsuccessful.


There will be no Division 1 football team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UMES President Juliette Bell accepted the recommendation from a taskforce she named to look into the possibility.

The taskforce found that it was too costly and there was not the personnel to move forward with such a program.

However, the report adds, that the issue could be taken up again in the next five years.

Football at UMES?

Sep 21, 2012
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Could football return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

Well, a task force has been established to see if it’s feasible.

The announcement was made by university President Juliette Bell yesterday afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision is the result of work done by the consulting firm of Alden & Associates over the summer.

The $35,000 study was paid for by the university’s foundation.

From 1946 through 1968 UMES football was a powerhouse but was suspended in 1979. 


It’s time for students on the Lower Eastern Shore to gear up for the National Spelling Bee.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is partnering with Somerset and Wicomico county public schools to help them to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

UMES President Juliette Bell said she welcomes the chance to help the local schools in their efforts to win the top honor.

The spelling bee is open to students in Grades 4 through 8.

They can attend public or private schools as well as being home schooled.