Pamela V. Hammond, RN, PhD, ScD (hon), FAAN, ANEF, an alumna of the School of Nursing who went on to leadership positions at Hampton University and Virginia State University, will discuss “Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take a Knee?” as keynote speaker at UMB’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 1.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to speak at this auspicious event at the University of Maryland, Baltimore honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 50th anniversary year of his death,” said Hammond, who heads The Hammond Group, LLC and is a senior consultant for AGB Institutional Strategies. “I applaud President Perman for his support of diversity and inclusion both at UMB and in the community that it serves.”
Hammond previously served as chief academic officer and nursing dean at Hampton University and interim president at Virginia State University. During the 2015-2016 academic year at Virginia State, she turned an $18 million-plus deficit into a $1.5 million surplus while boasting external funding, enrollment, and retention.
“During my time at UMB, I was struck by the forward thinking of the faculty and my student colleagues,” Hammond said. “Dr. Mary Neal served as an exceptional mentor to me throughout my studies, and with the confidence she instilled, I was on a trajectory to excel in nursing education and administration.”
Hammond implemented the first PhD program in nursing in a historically black college or university while dean of the Hampton University School of Nursing before transforming academic affairs at the university as provost from 2009 to 2014. Hammond established Hampton U Online, implemented an aggressive strategic plan, created new academic programs, and secured nearly $40 million for research, scholarships, innovative programs, endowments, and faculty development.
She is married to Gary J. Hammond, is the mother of two physicians, Jason W. Hammond, MD, and Alexis S. Hammond, MD, and has three grandchildren (triplets Aaron Cade, Kai Jason, and Simone Alexis). Her daughter-in-law, Camille Hammond, MD ’01, is an alumna of the UM School of Medicine.
This won’t be Pamela Hammond’s first return to the UMB campus since earning her master’s in maternal child nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1978. In 2015, she received the School of Nursing’s inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award. An inaugural inductee into the Tuskegee University School of Nursing Hall of Fame a year earlier, Hammond is proud of the growth of minorities in nursing and is honored to speak at the UMB Black History Month event that pays tribute to the work of the late Dr. King.
“Having lived in Alabama through much of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, I have had the chance to hear the stories of my elders and to witness the plight of blacks in my communities,” Hammond said. “It is an honor to return home to UMB and to share some of my experiences from the time that Dr. King was making history.”
— Chris Zang