UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
GOVERNOR ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR.
Increases in funding for Historically Black Institutions
and international involvement recognized.
Salisbury, MD (August 18, 2006) – Governor Robert L.
Ehrlich, Jr. joined Dr. Calvin W. Burnett, Secretary,
Maryland Higher Education Commission on the University of
Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) campus today to applaud
President Thelma Thompson for her leadership and commitment
to educating the future leaders of the Eastern Shore.
“I commend President Thompson for her vision for UMES as an
integral, benevolent member of the Eastern Shore community”
said Governor Ehrlich. “This administration has increased
capital, operating and enhancement funds for Historically
Black Institutions at an unprecedented rate,” continued
Governor Ehrlich, “and President Thompson’s leadership at
UMES has encouraged us to invest more than $145 million in
operating funds and $21 million in capital improvements at
UMES alone. We can proudly say that a renewed vision for
UMES coupled with funding increases for Maryland’s colleges
and universities has help spur all-time highs in African
American enrollment in these institutions.”
“The Governor has almost doubled need-based aid since he
came into office,” said Dr. Burnett. “More than 6700
students on the Eastern Shore have been able to take
advantage of that assistance.”
The Governor also presented Dr. Thompson with a special
citation for “Outstanding leadership for innovative higher
education curriculum and for building relationships with
international partners in China to further our state’s
position as a leader in education.” Dr. Thompson has led the
way for innovative work in botanical and orchid development
at UMES and is currently working with Dr. Burnett and other
Maryland college presidents on partnerships with China.
"Thanks to the Ehrlich administration, UMES is on firm
footing financially. We applaud Gov. Ehrlich not only for
his support of operating budgets and capital projects here
and at other Maryland Universities, but also for his
commitment to increasing need-based financial aid
opportunities for our students.” Said Dr. Thompson.
“Governor Ehrlich is making access to higher education
possible for Maryland citizens who otherwise would face
impossible fiscal hardships.”
Dr. Thompson stated, “The State trip to China opened my eyes
to the vast potential entrepreneurial and research
partnerships for UMES in that country. The Governor's global
vision is synchronized with the economic future of our