Dottie Caplan began her career at UMBC in 1997 as a secretary in what was then known as the College of Arts and Sciences, and joined the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences in 2005. Her dedication to UMBC, its students, faculty, and staff was unparalleled, and her coworkers considered her an invaluable asset to the College and the UMBC community.
Caplan handled a large volume of work and consistently provided support to the Dean and CNMS staff that went above and beyond her responsibilities, for the good of CNMS and the University. Her helpful, supportive manner was evident in her daily communications. Always offering a smile and an optimistic word, Caplan treated internal and external visitors with the same courtesy and kindness.
Her dedication to CNMS was only matched by her commitment to UMBC’s mission of service. Caplan was president of the Non-Exempt Staff Senate and was known for persistently advocating for her NESS constituents. She embraced shared governance by serving on a number of university committees, including the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She was a tireless advocate for the Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC), serving on its cabinet and overseeing the annual Non-Exempt Staff/Professional Staff Senate bake sale fundraiser for MCC. In addition, Caplan served as a mentor for new students and supported both Commencement and Welcome Week activities.