THELMA B. THOMPSON, Ph.D.
President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore July 1, 2002 to August 15, 2011. Retired August 15, 2011.
Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2002-11.
Member, University System of Maryland Financial Aid Task Force, 2004. Chair, Council of University System Presidents, 2006-07. Member, Maryland Commission on Autism, 2009-11.
Professor (English), Bowie State University, 1974-1976. Assistant Chair, English Department, 1979-88, Associate Dean and Professor, 1988-90, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, University of the District of Columbia. Dean, School of Arts and Letters, 1990-98, and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, 1998-2002, Norfolk State University.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies. Teacher's diploma, Bethlehem Teachers College, Jamaica, 1960. Education certificate, London University, 1965. Howard University, B.A. (English), 1970, M.A. (English), 1972, Ph.D. (English Literature), 1978. Member, Modern Language Association; National Council of Teachers of English; African-American Writers' Guild; Phi Beta Kappa. Former President, College Language Association; National Association of College Professions of Language and Literature. Historian and board member, Middle Atlantic Writers Association, 1984-2000. Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Foundation, 2002-11; Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 2003-08. Member, Commission on Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education, 2003-06. Chair, Council of Chief Executive Officers, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, 2006-08. Co-founder, Caribbean Studies Association. Author, The Seventeenth Century English Hymn: A Mode for Sacred and Secular Concerns (1988); Children's Day (2013); Bay Leaves and Cinnamon Sticks: Life is (2013). Outstanding Graduate and Alumnus, New York Alumni, Bethlehem Teachers College, 2000. Administrator of the Year, Association of Educational Office Professionals, Norfolk State University, 2002. Service Award, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2002. Award, Langston Hughes Society, 2002. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2004. Four children.
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