Thompson to Host Inaugural New Student Convocation

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Williams, Dr. E. FayePRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore inaugural new student convocation is Thursday, October 1, at 11 a.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts.  Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire, is the keynote speaker.

    In a recent address, Williams spurred on UMES faculty saying, "Their [students' ] learning is your responsibility.  Don't accept rudeness, stretch their imagination and stretch their horizons."   Recognized internationally for her positive, powerful and convincing presentations, and serving as the 2009 Bernstein Lecturer, she seeks to empower UMES students by promoting excellence and encouraging outstanding performance.

    Williams has appeared on numerous radio shows and television programs associated with BET, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and the Canadian Broadcasting System, including "Good Morning America," "The David Brinkley Show," MSNBC's "Hardball" and others.  In addition, she has appeared on WorldNet Television to discuss the role people of African descent play in elections. In the U.S., Greece, Iraq, Haiti, Gabon, Senegal, Tunisia, Palestine, Israel, Benin and other nations, she has addressed numerous peace and human rights groups.

    A consummate scholar, Williams holds a Ph.D. in public administration from City University at Los Angeles, as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law, an administrative credential from U.C.L.A. and B.S. degrees from Grambling State and the University of Louisiana.  She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and has studied at the University of California, the University of Michigan, Pepperdine University and George Washington University, where she studied in the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

    For more information on the UMES new student convocation, call 410-651-6669.

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.