After 13 years at Howard Community College, Walter G. Bumphus, vice president and dean of students, will head south to Texas to become president of Brookhaven College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District.
Bumphus, 43, who has been with HCC since February 1978, will be the CEO and chief administrator for Brookhaven, which has an enrollment of 8,292.
As president, he will receive an annual salary of $80,479. The school is part of a seven-college district.
"For the last four or five years, I've been thinking about the next professional level in my career," Bumphus said. "The next logical level was president. This isthe best job opportunity I've seen in the last four to five years."
HCC President Dwight Burrill said the college would immediately begin a national search for a replacement.
He hopes to have the position filled by September.
"Dr. Bumphus has provided outstanding leadership to the college for a long time," Burrill said. "Any time youlose an individual of that stature, it's a considerable loss to the institution.
"Walter is the third (HCC) vice president in the lastfour or five years who has gone on to a presidency across the country. I think that's something the institution can be very proud of."
Bumphus will begin his new job next month.
Administration in higher education has been the focus of the departing dean since he received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a school noted for educating students in the administration of community colleges.
In 1974, at the age of 25, he was appointed dean of students at East Arkansas Community College in Forest.
Four years later,he came to HCC as dean of students.
At HCC, Burrill said, Bumphushas been responsible for all student services areas, including student activities, financial aid, and intramural and intercollegiate athletics.
His duties also included overseeing security, the physical plant and the bookstore.
"His scope of duties has certainly been broader than what one would normally expect from a dean of students position," Burrill said.
Bumphus was selected from 100 candidates following a five-month national search, according to Brookhaven officials.
He will succeed Patsy J. Fulton, who resigned from the job in December to become chancellor of Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.