UMES names new alumni affairs director
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - (Sept. 18, 2013) - James G. Lunnermon II is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s new director of alumni affairs.
Jimmy, as he is better known, moves into his new post from the university’s Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, where for the past six years he was director of campus life.
“I’m excited about reconnecting with all the alumni I had an opportunity to work with when they were students,” Lunnermon said.
Kim Dumpson, UMES’ executive vice president, oversaw the search to fill the alumni affairs office vacancy.
“Jimmy quickly emerged as the top candidate because of his extensive knowledge of campus life and his many connections to alumni across several generations,” Dumpson said.
The name Lunnermon is well-known across campus as well as among alumni and the university’s many friends and supporters.
His father is a retired UMES Physical Plant Director who a half-century ago partnered with the late William P. Hytche to launch the original Hawks’ Nest, at the time an off-campus sandwich shop. Lunnermon’s brother, Dominick, currently is employed by the university’s physical plant.
The Somerset County native has been a fixture on the Princess Anne campus since his undergraduate days, when he was a leader of UMES’ Phi Beta Sigma chapter.
A 1996 graduate of UMES’ Hotel and Restaurant Management program, Lunnermon was hired immediately after earning his degree to manage auxiliary services. Between 2001 and 2003, he was director of special projects and activities.
From 2004 to 2006, he was director of student activities at Delaware State University in Dover before returning to UMES as assistant general manager at the Henson Center.
A year later, Lunnermon returned to student activities management at his alma mater, where he was the university’s student government advisor, oversaw a myriad of student organizations, social activities and student leadership training. He’s had offices in four different buildings over his career and is now in his second stint in J.T. Williams Hall, where his current office is on the first floor.
Lunnermon sees the director of UMES’ alumni affairs office being the point person responsible for engaging all alumni, near and far, and finding ways to nurture their life-long relationship with their alma mater. “Hawk Pride – Catch It,” is more than just a slogan, he said.
“We talk a lot to our students about the importance of ‘giving back,’ “he said. “We have so many wonderful examples of our alumni who embrace that philosophy. I want them to know that what they do to support us is appreciated, and is making a difference.”
With more nearly 12,000 living alumni, Lunnermon is looking forward to getting acquainted with the many generations of UMES’ loyal graduates
“One of my responsibilities is keeping everybody abreast of all the activities we have going on on campus,” he said. “We want people to know about them and participate in them, if they can.”
Dumpson is confident Lunnermon is up to the task.
“I believe that Jimmy's role in campus life will assist the division in engaging students and young alumni and promoting their ongoing involvement with the university as Hawks for Life!,” she said.
Bill Robinson, director, public relations, (410) 621-2355