MARYLAND’S LAND-GRANTS: University of Maryland and University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Maryland’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Maryland UofMaryland

Established in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, the school admitted its first students in 1859. The school became a land grant college in 1864; however, financial problems combined with significant enrollment declines sent the school into bankruptcy. The campus subsequently was used as a boys preparatory school until 1867, when the school reopened. The state took control of the school in 1916 and renamed it Maryland State College. In 1920, the college became part of the existing University of Maryland, replacing St. John’s College, Annapolis as the University’s undergraduate campus. When the state higher education system was restructured in 1988, the school was renamed University of Maryland, College Park. In 1997, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation allowing the school to be known simply as the University of Maryland.

President: Wallace D. Loh became the president of the University of Maryland in 2010. A native of China, he moved with his family to Peru before immigrating to the United States after high school. President Loh has some land-grant experience in his educational background, having received a master’s degree from the land-grant institution Cornell University. @presidentloh




Maryland’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Established in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy in Princess Anne as a preparatory school for Morgan College. In 1890, funding from the second Morrill Act formalized a relationship between the state and Morgan College to offer courses on farming techniques through what became known as Princess Anne Academy, and then renamed again as the Eastern Shore Branch of Maryland Agricultural College. In 1970, the school received its current name of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

President: Juliette Bell assumed the position of president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2012. Prior to this position, she was the chief academic officer at Central State University, the state of Ohio’s 1890 land-grant institution. @umespresi15


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