Dumpson named Executive Vice President

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Aug. 28, 2013) - UMES President Juliette B. Bell announced that Kimberly Conway Dumpson will move from vice president for institutional advancement into the president's office, where she will assume the newly created position of Executive Vice President.  

    Kimberly Conway Dumpson

    Kimberly C. Dumpson / by Jim Glovier

    Dumpson will continue to advance the university. She will play a lead role in developing and executing the University's major strategic initiatives. Working closely with the President, Provost and other senior colleagues, she also will oversee government relations and the Office of Marketing and Communications, which includes public relations.

    This executive position "is being created to provide strategic support to the President on internal and external matters of importance to the University," said Bell. "I am extremely pleased that Kimberly has agreed to take on this critical role."

    Dumpson, Bell also noted, will represent her and articulate the president's position "on a variety of issues, as needed."

    Dumpson was selected after a national search a year ago to fill the vice president for institutional advancement position previously held by Gains B. Hawkins Jr., who retired after nine years leading the University's record-setting fund-raising efforts. A new vice president for institutional advancement will be identified to fill this important post.

    Dumpson is a graduate of Towson State University and Ohio Northern University College of Law. She joined UMES in 2005.

    Her legal background enabled her to establish a planned giving program aimed at securing legacy gifts through bequests and gifts of assets to support University programs and priorities. During its recent capital campaign, Dumpson played an integral role in fundraising that resulted in more than $16 million to benefit the University.

    She is also widely recognized for forging relationships with key University constituencies, particularly alumni.

    Dumpson, who is also a graphic designer, oversees the University's visual identity program and publication of its magazine.  She has been responsible for creating trademarks that have become part of the fabric of the campus community, including the "M" logo with the University's iconic flying hawk.  The University's 125th anniversary logo and presidential banners that line UMES' main thoroughfare are also her handiwork.

    In her new role, Dumpson will coordinate integration of the University's marketing and communications efforts to increase awareness of programs and priorities. Dumpson will assume her new role on September 16.

    In addition to practicing law in Bethesda, Salisbury and Upper Marlboro, she also was executive director of the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury and worked as executive assistant to Wicomico County's social services director.

    A Wicomico County native, Dumpson was recognized in 2006 by the Wicomico County Commission on Women and state officials as woman of the year and has served the county on numerous boards and commissions, including the Wicomico County Personnel Board and the Compensation and Allowance Commission.

    Her civic and community work earned her recognition in 2010 as a “Hometown Hero” from Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley. 

    Dumpson is a member of the board of the Wicomico County Tourism Council, YMCA of the Chesapeake Bay and Somerset County Historical Society. She also is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club and Princess Anne Chapter of the Links, Inc. and was president of the Wicomico High School Parent Teacher Student Association and Delta Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was a board member of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Maryland Capital Enterprises and Shore Up!, Inc.

    Dumpson is married to Wicomico County educator Jeffrey K. Dumpson, Sr. They have two children, Taylor and Jeffrey II.


    Bill Robinson, director, public relations, (410) 621-2355