Allen takes helm of UMES' Board of Visitors

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    John J. Allen Jr.PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 12, 2015) - Power company executive John J. Allen Jr. will be one of the new faces on stage Friday when the University of Maryland Eastern Shore awards 467 degrees at its spring 2015 commencement exercises.  

    That's because Allen, vice president of the Delmarva Power region of Pepco Holdings Inc., recently was named chairman of UMES' Board of Visitors, an all-volunteer panel that advises President Juliette B. Bell.    

    "Mr. Allen has been a valuable asset to the board for the past seven years," Bell said.  "His business acumen and service to the community make him ideal for such a post.  We look forward to his continued commitment to the university-as board chair, friend and advocate."   

    Allen succeeds UMES alumnus Jesse T. Williams Sr. (1962), a retired Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. executive who held the leadership position since the board's founding in 1997.  The university's Board of Visitors meets four times annually, and members are charged with assisting with "community relations, institutional development, governmental issues, alumni affairs and advancing the mission of the university."   

    Allen has worked in the utility industry for more than three decades.  He is responsible for "building and maintaining community, business and government relationships in central and southern Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia" for Delmarva Power.  His expertise is also shared as a member of the UMES Business Executive Advisory Council and as a member of the University System of Maryland Foundation's board.   

    His community involvement also includes board membership on Nanticoke Health Services, Delaware State University and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore and the executive boards of The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Greater Salisbury Committee, Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development and the Maryland/District of Columbia Utilities Assoc.   

    Allen attended Lincoln University and Southwest Bible College and Seminary, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in theology.   

    One of his recreational outlets is playing golf and Allen is an exuberant participant each June in the annual Art Shell UMES Invitational tournament in which he typically helps field a competitive team.   

    UMES Office of Public Relations, (410) 651-6669