PRINCESS ANNE, MD – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has received accreditation confirmation to offer its Physician Assistant program.

The reaffirmation will allow the University to resume graduate-level instruction leading to a physician assistant degree in the coming academic year.

Based on the review of the program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), UMES looks to enroll a cohort of 20 new students in August 2020 with plans to grow the program annually.

The program will be 28 months in duration and include a didactic and experiential education components. The University will award a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies to those who successfully complete the program.

Tiffany’s Maxwell, program director and department chair, who led the reaffirmation effort for the campus, said: “The University’s Physician Assistant program will be an integral part of the healthcare community by educating the next generation of healthcare providers to serve our local and surrounding communities.

As the 16th president of UMES, Dr. Heidi M. Anderson made reaffirmation of the PA program an institutional priority.

“Given that all the counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are designated as medically underserved areas and/or Health Professions Shortage Areas, having more physicians assistants is vital for our communities,” said Anderson.

The value of the program has been confirmed by the support of the University System of Maryland’s administration, its governing board and Gov. Larry Hogan.

“Everyone in our community should be excited about this,” said Anderson. “The program graduates will infuse the region with highly trained medical professionals with skills in illness diagnosis, medical treatment prevention and care plans.”

PAs are further able to conduct clinical research and make advancements in medical sciences. The overall contributions of Physicians Assistants are many and varied, which can have special value in rural communities and where there are shortages in medicinal clinics.

In additional to providing endorsements for the reaffirmation of the PA program, elected leaders in Maryland also approved funds to underwrite construction of a healthcare training complex that will enhance all healthcare curricula at UMES, including the physician assistant program.

Maxwell acknowledged the program will be strengthened by the engagement with the local healthcare community, including Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Atlantic General Hospital, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, local physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare providers.

Students in Physician Assistant program will complete over 2,000 hours in rotations including family Medicare, general surgery and mental health training. The rigorous course content aligns closely with that of medical school and the program in attractive to students of all career and educational backgrounds.

“I am so proud of Dr. Maxwell and Dean Randall Allen,” said Anderson. “They took on this monumental task and got it accomplished in record time. And it comes just when the nation is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and needing a plethora of healthcare providers.”

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About the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the State’s Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment. Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy. For more information, visit

Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Leadership Maryland announced Tuesday that Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), has completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders, according to source by the university.

Anderson, the first UMES President to participate in Leadership Maryland, and colleagues in the Class of 2019 were honored at the program’s 27th annual graduation ceremony Tuesday evening at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Anderson was one of 50 applicants chosen by committee to take part in Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. Anderson was host to the Class of 2019 during a visit to campus that was incorporated into the curriculum.

“At this year’s Leadership Maryland cohort completes its program, their journey as a graduate of our state’s finest organization of professionals begins,” said Leadership Maryland Board Chairman Dr. Memo F. Diriker ’12, director of BEACON at Salisbury University.

Over the past eight months they have learned about our state, the critical issues it faces, and above all, themselves. On behalf of the Board, I congratulate each of them for completing this defining milestone and I look forward to seeing them apply these lessons to accomplish great things for our state,” Diriker said.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state.


About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. As many as 52 accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors come together annually as a class that focuses on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all regions of the state. For more information, visit

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – The University System of Maryland (USM) announced the appointment of Dr. Heidi M. Anderson as the next president, on Tuesday, of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), effective September 1, 2018.

Anderson replaces Dr. Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim recently was appointed to lead UMES on an interim basis.

According to a press release by the university system, Anderson, who holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration, brings nearly two decades of higher education leadership success to the role. As former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015-2017, she managed a $35 million budget and oversaw 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes and more than 40 academic majors. She guided the creation of new degrees in areas from computer science and engineering to clinical mental health counseling. She also was actively involved with the team responsible for the design and construction of a new $60 million music facility.

In September 2017, Anderson took on the role of Special Advisor to the President, from which she led and completed a plan for a new College of Allied Health Professions and helped guide the creation of the TAMUKIngsville programs in the new University System Center near the flagship Texas A&M University-College Station.

“The Board of Regents and I are pleased to welcome Heidi Anderson as the new president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret. “Everyone we spoke the described Heidi as a visionary, dynamic, inspirational and trusted leader who fosters strong, collaborative and collegial teams, and who values transparency, integrity, and shared governance.”

“In provostial and vice-presidential roles on campuses varied as Texas A&M University Kingsville, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the University of Kentucky, Heidi has helped grow student enrollment, lead successful fundraising campaigns, create research opportunities for faculty, improve the student experience, and bolster connections with local communities, all the while demonstrating sound fiscal stewardship,” said Caret. “Beyond these measurable attributes, we were equally impressed by her passion and energy for supporting students, for the UMES mission, and for actively driving positive change. Heidi Anderson will be an excellent and transformative leader for UMES.”

“I am thrilled to be appointed the 16th leader of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” Anderson said. “I embrace UMES’ focus on high-quality teaching and on producing knowledgeable citizens capable of leading and competing regionally, nationally and globally. As a first-generation student, I’m particularly impressed by the university’ strong emphasis on student success.”

“I had the opportunity recently to visit the campus on my own and to speak directly with several students,” Anderson continued. “What I learned about and from them touched me deeply. I look forward to helping support these smart, talented young scholars achieve the bright futures they have earned through their dedication and hard work.”

From 2013 to 2015, Anderson served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. As the university’s chief academic officer, she manged a $37 million budget, launched a faculty development initiative to improve retention rates and helped guide the construction of a $26 million Integrated Professional Education Complex, as well as the design of a 426-bed residence hall. She also led initiatives that increased African-American (28.4%) and American Indian (1000%) enrollment to record levels.

As Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness from 2011 to 2013 and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2006 to 2011 at the University of Kentucky, Anderson managed a $25 million budget and created and led new policies, practices and programs for faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion and retention. She also served that institution as Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and as a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Before her time in Kentucky, Anderson chaired and served as a professor in the Pharmacy Care System Department at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She was also an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy.

Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration, M.S. in Education and B.S. in Pharmacy at Purdue University. Among many other honors and professional service affiliations, she has served as President and Vice President of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She is also the author or co-author of scores of refereed publications, as well as professional articles, abstracts and book chapters.


About the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 by Methodist Episcopal Church elders as a private school on 16 acres in Princess Anne.

Today, UMES balnce their heritage as a historically black, public research institution that has grown into a 1,100-arce campus with the mission to serve a diverse student body representing nearly three dozen nations. UMES offers undergraduate degrees in 38 disciplines and another 16 distinctive graduate programs. UMES provide today’s college student ample opportunity to develop into a well-rounded individual capable to assuming leadership in society.

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Dr. Mickey L. Burnim

PRINCESS ANNE, MD – University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert Caret named Mickey L. Burnim interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Dr. Burnim will begin transitioning into the position on June 18, 2018, and will begin his service as interim president on July 1, 2018, according to a press release from the University System of Maryland. Dr. Burnim served as president of Bowie State University between 2006 and 2017.

Current UMES President Juliette Bell announced in February that she will step down this summer. In March, Chancellor Caret appointed a search and screening committee for the new president.

“Mickey Burnim is a widely respected member of the USM community with success leading two Historically Black Institutions, including more than a decade of excellence service as president of Bowie State University,” said Chancellor Caret. “He is the ideal leader to guide UMES on an interim basis while the search and selection process for a new president concludes.”

During Dr. Burnim’s 11 years as president, Bowie State University experienced significant increases in regional and national recognition, added majors in cybersecurity and informational technology, opened three new buildings, grew enrollment and graduates, and undertook a successful fundraising campaign.

Dr. Burnim previously served as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, an Historically Black Institution in North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chaired by Michelle Gourdine, M.D., a member of the USM Board of Regents and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the search and screening committees work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The board will make the final selection. Typically, the search process for a new president takes approximately six months to complete.