Meyerhoff Scholars Program staff members play a vital role in providing the nurturing and supportive environment that is at the heart of the program’s success. Staff members keep students focused and on track on campus, meeting regularly for academic advising and preparation for graduate and professional schools.

Staff members regularly hold group meetings – called “family meetings” – with students and are not only concerned with academic planning and performance, but also with any personal problems students may have. Parents and family members are in close contact with Meyerhoff staff members, as well and find the sense of community to be a critical component in their student’s success.

We invite you to contact Meyerhoff Scholars Program staff members with questions or concerns and have provided a brief listing of duties and responsibilities to help direct your inquiry to the appropriate person. We look forward to hearing from you.


Keith Harmon

Recruitment; Graduate and Professional School Placement; Fund-raising; Finance and Budget; Advising; Summer research programs; Grant Supervision; Retention; and Academic Standards


Mitsue Wiggs
Assistant Director

Academic Advising (first and second year students); Liaison to academic departments; LRC, and Admissions; Summer Bridge Coordinator; Advisor to Meyerhoff Council


Catherine Hibberd
Business Manager

Student accounts; Budget and financial analysis; Liaison to Financial Aid & Scholarships, Human Resources, Financial Services, Sponsored Programs, University System of Maryland Foundation, and Institutional Advancement; Meyerhoff Parents’ Association Liaison; Payroll/Personnel


Executive Administrative Assistant

Public Contact and Liaison; Internal/External Campus visits; required program meetings (cohort, gender, major, family campus visits); Program calendar of events; Selected travel arrangements; Budget and payroll; Scheduling and administrative support


Program Coordinator

Academic Advising (third and fourth year students); Professional Development; Liaison to UMBC PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office and Career Services; Graduate/Professional Test Prep


Jullian Cuffie
Program Coordinator

Academic Advising (second year students)



Patrice Darby
Program Coordinator of Special Projects

Recruitment and Selection Process; ESTEEMED and EDUCATE Program Coordinator; IT Support and Database management; Liaison to Office of Admissions and Orientations, Scholarships Office, OIT, MAAB; Special Projects


Jacqueline King, PhD
U-RISE Program, Associate Director

U-RISE Academic advising; U-RISE Budget Management; Recruitment and Selection of U-RISE Trainees; U-RISE Program Activities