August 2008 Press
For immediate release: August 4, 2008 Media Contact: Christopher
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NEW HENRY C. WELCOME FELLOWS ANNOUNCED
Awards help recruit and retain outstanding and diverse
Annapolis, MD (August 4, 2008) – The Maryland Higher Education
Commission today announced 10 winners of the 2008 Henry C.
Welcome Fellowship Grant. The Welcome Fellowship program is an
incentive grant program designed to help institutions attract
and maintain a diverse faculty.
Awards are made to new, tenure-track or tenured, full-time
minority faculty members nominated by their college president.
The grants provide each fellow with $20,000 over a three-year
period for research and education expenses.
This year’s new fellows will be faculty at six Maryland
• Salisbury University Dr. Kelli Randall, Assistant Professor,
English; Dr. James King, Assistant Professor, English; Dr. Peggy
Proudfoot-McGuire, Assistant Professor, Social Work;
• Towson University – Dr. Niya F. Werts, Assistant Professor,
Department of Health Services;
• University of Baltimore – Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes,
Associate Professor, Public Policy, School of Public Affairs;
• University of Maryland, Baltimore – Dr. Nalini Negi, Assistant
Professor, School of Social Work; Dr. Lynette Bradley-Baker,
Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy;
• University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Dr. Claudia L.
Galindo, Assistant Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture;
• University of Maryland, College Park – Dr. Kwaku T. Dayie,
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
Dr. Stephen Quaye, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Personnel
The fellowship honors the late Dr. Henry C. Welcome, a prominent
Baltimore physician who served on the State Board of Higher
Education, the predecessor of the Maryland Higher Education
Commission. Dr. Welcome was also active in politics and the
civil rights movement with his wife, the late Sen. Verda F.
Welcome, the first black woman in the United States to be
elected a state senator.
“This is a very distinguished honor bestowed on these
outstanding educators,” Higher Education Secretary James E.
Lyons, Sr., said. “Dr. Welcome was an extraordinary person and
I’m sure the recipients of this award and their presidents are
pleased to have his name associated with this recognition. I
join Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown in congratulating
Doctors Randall, Proudfoot, Werts, Julnes, Negi, Galindo, Dayie
and Quaye for this achievement.”
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 325,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in