Dolores R. Spikes, a past president of the historically black Southern University and A&M College system in Louisiana who went on to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 1997 to 2001, died June 1 at 78.

Ed Pratt, a spokesman for the Southern University system, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause or location.

Dolores Margaret Richard was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Baton Rouge. She was a 1957 mathematics graduate of Southern, based in Baton Rouge. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1971.

She held administrative positions at Southern University before being named president in 1988.

She was appointed a board member of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management and President Bill Clinton named Dr. Spikes an adviser on historically black colleges and universities.

Her husband, Hermon Spikes, died in 2008. A daughter, Rhonda Brown, died in 2010. A complete list of survivors could not immediately be confirmed.

— from staff and wire services