Regents recognize UMES employees

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    John T. Tilghman USM Board of Regents recognize UMES employees


    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (July 8, 2014) - Two University of Maryland Eastern Shore employees in the Office of Residence Life were singled out by the system's Board of Regents at the June 27 meeting for noteworthy service to their institution or the community.

    John "Dean" Tilghman of Princess Anne, received the Regents' Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic or Residential Environment. 

    Tilghman's career spans some 34 years as a live-in residential area director, most recently for the Nuttle and Wicomico residence halls at UMES serving nearly 200 freshman males each semester.

    The job entails supervising the daily management of the hall and its staff, along with counseling students and providing educational, cultural and social programs to promote personal growth.  Tilghman, said Marvin Jones, director of UMES' Office of Residence Life, has always gone the extra mile.

    "Dean Tilghman has guided countless residents from freshman entry through graduation and well beyond.  His firm, yet nurturing demeanor is fueled with passion, common sense advice and a hot meal for those in need," Jones said.

    He along with his sister, Evelyn Christy, a long-time employee of the university in dining services, have generously provided holiday meals for students who are unable to travel home for Thanksgiving.  They fed 40 people last year according to Jones.

    "I always try to be kind and on the other hand-no nonsense," Tilghman said.  "I treat all our students alike or according to how their character allows."

    "He (Tilghman) is a consummate professional who runs a tight ship," said KeShawn Taylor, a former student who worked under Tilghman as a residential assistant and is now a peer in the office.  "His generosity and genuine character define the great moral person and role model that he is."

    Also recognized by the regents was Philip Thomas, who has spent the last six years as a residence life area director like Tilghman.  Thomas is the recipient of the staff award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University or the Greater Community. 

    Thomas is known on campus and in the community for numerous acts of volunteerism and involvement with non-profit activities.  He and a colleague organized a holiday food drive for needy families for several years and created a non-profit aimed at motivating and encouraging local school children Philip Thomastoward college readiness. 

    Thomas left the university in May to pursue a military career with the U.S. Army.

    Other UMES employees nominated for the award were Donna Price in the School of Graduate Studies and Alvin Justis in the Frederick Douglass Library. 


    Gail Stephens,assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.