Vice President of Administrative Affairs Announced

  • Friday, April 10, 2015

     Vice President of Administrative Affairs Announced 

    Kevin AppletonPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (April 10, 2015) - A Certified Public Accountant who has worked in higher education administration since 1989 will be the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's next vice president of administrative affairs. 

    UMES President Juliette B. Bell announced Kevin Appleton as her choice to fill the senior cabinet position responsible for managing the university's budget and day-to-day business operations. His first day at UMES is June 1.

    Appleton currently is the finance and business affairs vice president for the Southern University and A&M College system in Baton Rouge, La.

    "UMES has a reputation for excellence in higher education, and I am honored to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the enhancement of financial operations, support services, academic achievement, and student success," Appleton said.

    "With support and assistance from all constituencies of the university, I hope to set a standard for fiscal accountability and operational excellence to which students, faculty, staff and the community can look with admiration and pride," he said.

    Appleton succeeds Dr. Ronnie Holden, who retired from UMES this past December after a 37-year career. Nelva Collier-White, Holden's long-time deputy, has been serving in an interim capacity overseeing the administrative affairs office.

    The Southern University System is an 1890 land-grant institution with five campuses serving nearly 14,000 students. Appleton has been Southern's chief financial and business officer since 2010 and manages a system-wide budget of roughly $250 million.

    "Mr. Appleton has a wealth of experience and understanding of higher education finances, and the unique budget management challenges institutions face," President Juliette B. Bell said. "We're looking forward to having him join our team here at UMES."

    Prior to taking the post at Southern, which bills itself as the nation's lone historically black public college system, Appleton was chief financial and administrative officer at Alcorn State University in Mississippi for two years.

    He held similar positions at public and private institutions, including Morehouse College in Atlanta, Norfolk (Va.) State University, Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and Jackson (Miss.) State University. He also has worked at his alma mater, Wilberforce (Ohio) University, East Tennessee State University and Southern State Community College in Ohio.

    Appleton has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching classes in introductory, intermediate, managerial and advanced accounting as well as auditing and taxes. 

    He earned his CPA credential in 1988, is a graduate of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management and also studied at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first adviser from a historically black institution appointed to the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers' board.

    Bill Robinson,director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355