PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Dr. Dolores Spikes, who served as 11th president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne between 1997 and 2001, died Sunday. She was 78.
UMES on Monday issued the following statement on Spikes' death:
"Dr. Spikes had the challenging task of following in the footsteps of the immensely popular and widely respected Dr. William P. Hytche, who it turns out urged her to apply for the presidency at UMES when he announced his plans to retire. She proved up to that challenge.
Dr. Spikes served UMES admirably from 1997 until 2001, laying the ground work for the institution to evolve into the 21st century historically black institution it has become.
She will be remembered at this university as a leader who drew on the wisdom and experience she gained as the president of her alma mater, Southern University, and the grace that comes with being a native of the South.
Dr. Spikes was a pioneer of her generation; she was among the first black women to earn a doctorate in mathematics (from Louisiana State University) and the first UMES president to come to the post with previous experience.
During her tenure at UMES, the university built the Hytche Athletics Center and the Student Services Center, both much needed structures that today define campus life for the entire university community.
The university extends its sympathies to Dr. Spikes' family, friends and admirers at this difficult time."
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