About Kirkland Hall

His Life

The majority of Dr. Hall’s life has been on the Lower Shore of Maryland. He is an educator, coach, community activist, civil rights worker, humanitarian, and volunteer, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dr. Hall is a recently licensed Baptist Minister.

Profession

Dr. Hall has devoted 44 years of his professional career in the area of Higher Education. He served 40 of those years at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland. Dr. Hall is currently serving as an instructor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Department of Kinesiology.

Education

Dr. Hall is a 1969 graduate of Somerset Junior Senior High School ( now Washington High), University of Maryland Eastern Shore; BS in 1973, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 1974 – MA specializing in Education Administration, and terminal degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Government in 2012

Leadership

Dr. Hall has served as the academic Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science programs at UMES. He also served as Director of Athletics (5 years) and Director of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) which served the disadvantaged youth from Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties for fifteen (15) years also at UMES. Dr. Hall also served on the Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission for over 20 years and served as chair for three terms.

Dr. Hall is currently the Chair of Somerset County Democratic Central Committee (6 years) and a member of the Somerset County Democratic Club since 1986.

AS A VOLUNTEER

Dr. Hall has served on several community commissions and committees. He has been appointed to the Somerset County Local Management Board by local officials, Judicial Nominating Commission by the Governor State of Maryland and currently serves on the Somerset and Worcester County Citizens Review Board for Children also appointed by the Governor. He served as past chair of Worcester County Board and current chair of the Somerset County Board but still volunteers to serve in Worcester County.

Dr. Hall took on the task to chair the Case Review Committee a component of the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee after Hurricane Sandy created havoc in the county for three years. This committee was responsible for reviewing all applications for homes in need of repair or rebuilding after the storm. 

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST:

Dr. Hall has organized and actively worked with numerous community organizations. He formerly held the position of president of the Somerset County NAACP for 8 years. Since 1991 the NAACP under his leadership filed numerous lawsuits against the State of Maryland, Somerset County, Princess Anne and the city of Crisfield. In each complaint Dr. Hall and other complainants proved successful. The result of the initial complaint versus the State of Maryland led to the formation of minority district 37A. Other complaints led to the formation of voting districts in Somerset County, Princess Anne and the City of Crisfield. Dr. Hall’s success working with the ACLU led to his recognition on their Wall of Fame.

Dr. Hall teamed with the late former Princess Anne Police Chief Pecorora, former Town Commissioner Allen Muir, and the late Charles Mahone, Community Activist to start the process for a youth center in Princess by soliciting letters of support from the Town of Princess Anne and the Somerset County Commissioners. 

ATHLETICS AND COACHING

As a coach and former athlete Dr. Hall has been selected on two occasions to the UMES Hall of Fame, Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame, and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. As a student athlete Dr. Hall was selected as a two time All MEAC Conference Baseball Player.

As a coach Dr. Hall ranks #1 in wins for baseball and softball and #4 in basketball victories at the university. He has coached for seven different intercollegiate teams. He also coached little league, pop warner football and for the Girls Scouts.

Dr. Hall was a life member of the legendary Negro League Baseball Team the Oaksville Eagles located in Princess Anne. This team compiled a 48 game win streak prior to the team’s folding in 1982.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

In 2008, Dr. Hall along with several members of the Oaksville Community joined together to renovate an old dilapidated baseball park. The park is now listed as a historical site for the state of Maryland and is on the bike trail for the county of Somerset. This task was accomplished with very limited tax payer money but through donations from the surrounding community. Dr. Hall serves as President of the Oaksville Community Club, Inc. 

MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT

Dr. Hall along with Somerset County Commissioner Craig Mathies met with Delmarva Power executives to review their current policies as it relates to termination of electrical services with the assistance of Senator Jim Mathias. After reviewing their policies Dr. Hall and Commissioner Mathies contacted Senator Mathias and Delegate Sharee Sample-Hughes to request their assistance with the process of a changing in policy. Eventually a state law was passed that mandated that rental properties have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the rental properties.

Secondly a request was to recommend that the power companies contact law enforcement prior to termination of power at homes in the event of vulnerable children, citizens and seniors.  This led to the passing of the House Bill 849 entitled “Public Safety – Rental Dwelling Units – Carbon Monoxide Alarms.” The bill was passed also in the Senate. Dr. Hall testified on two occasions in the Senate and House of Delegates in Annapolis, Maryland.

ADDITIONAL

  

OTHER:

· Certified Paralegal – Civil Litigation

· Notary 

· Maryland Business Roundtable for Education – Lecturer


ISSUES:

· Education

· Job Training

· Fair Housing

· Women’s Rights

· Environment

· Small Business

· Farmers

· Watermen

· Smart Growth

· Equal Rights

· Livable Wages