When Anne Arundel Community College's Vice President for Academic Affairs, James S. Atwell, retires in July, he plans to move to upstate New York, teach part time, and maybe raise a few chickens.
Atwell may well find he's the only area chicken farmer with professor emeritus status -- an honor bestowed by the college's board of trustees Tuesday night.
"Dr. Atwell has fulfilled his responsibilities, both as a teacherand as an officer of the college, with outstanding ability and with diligence to the needs of our community of students, faculty and staff," said college President Thomas E. Florestano.
"His tenure at AACC has been distinguished by an integrity of personal and academic standards that has reflected well on this institution," Florestano added.
Atwell came to the college as an English instructor in 1969. Hechaired the English department from 1974 to 1978 before becoming full professor in 1979.
In 1980, Atwell was appointed the college's Dean of Arts and Sciences, where he supervised the divisions of English and humanities, social sciences, science, mathematics and physical education.
A decade later, Atwell was named the college's first vice president for academic affairs. He has been responsible for initiating the college's international program, which developed links with two universities in Brazil. Atwell also worked with county officials to develop ties to West Sussex, England, Anne Arundel's sister county.
"This is a great honor," Atwell said. "I'd like to thank the college for all the opportunities for growth and service."
The searchfor Atwell's replacement is under way. When the deadline for submitting applications closed March 20, the college had received 111 applications. After a first screening, the number of applicants has been reduced to 54.
Florestano has asked that the search committee have alist of its top 10 candidates available for review by the trustees before commencement on May 21.
In other action, the board of trustees approved a calendar for next school year. The fall semester at thecollege will begin Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. To make up for the late start, two minutes will be added to each of the 50-minute classes students now take.
The college also will bring back its mini-semester in January. The two-week session was canceled last winter because of cuts to the community college's budget.