Dr. Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes was appointed to assume the position of President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, effective January 13, 1997.
Prior to her recent appointment, she served as President of the Southern University and A&M College System from October 29, 1988 to December 31, 1996. Upon accepting this appointment, she became the first female head of a Louisiana public college or university.
Dr. Spikes received her elementary and high school education in the parochial and public school systems of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts with a major in mathematics (minor in sciences) from Southern University at Baton Rouge and later earned a master of science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The Ph.D in mathematics was received from Louisiana State University in December, 1971. Her dissertation topic was, "Semi-valuations and Groups of Divisibility".
Her first professional job was at Mossville School in Calcasieu Parish, where she taught courses in biology, chemistry and general science. She introduced independent study programs which led, for the first time, to the school's competition in the Junior Academy of Sciences and to top places in the district and State rally competitions in the sciences.
She came to Southern University as an assistant professor of mathematics and moved through the ranks to associate professor of mathematics and then to full professor of mathematics, teaching courses which ranged from the developmental educational level to the graduate level. From August 1981 to December 1981, she served as full-time professor of mathematics, Coordinator of the Mathematics Developmental Education Program and part-time Assistant to the Chancellor.
From January 1982 to August 1985, she served as Assistant to the Chancellor on the Southern University at Baton Rouge Campus before being named Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Southern University at Baton Rouge. In July 1987, she was chosen to serve as Chancellor of Southern University at Baton Rouge.
Dr. Spikes is a summa cum laude graduate who won numerous university awards, honors and memberships while studying or working at Southern University. These include: Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Fraternity in Mathematics, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, University of Illinois Fellowship (to study for M.S. degree), Ford Foundation Fellow (1968-1971), National Science Foundation Fellow (1966-1967) and selection as "Woman of the Year" by the Southern University at Baton Rouge's Association of Women Students (1986) and as Outstanding Alumnus of the century (Southern University)(1990).
In 1989, she received the Thurgood Marshall Educational Achievement Award and was featured in the January 1990 edition of Ebony Magazine. Ebony Man Magazine also recognized her as one of 20 "Most Influential Black Women in America". The numerous bodies on which Dr. Spikes currently participates or has served include the following:
Dr. Spikes was recently appointed to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and as a member of the PBS Advisory Board.
Dr. Spikes is married to Hermon Spikes, and they have one daughter, Rhonda Kathleen Spikes-Pete, a granddaughter, Bianca Christina Margaret Pete, and a grandson, Bronson Christopher Lawrence Pete.