After a national search this spring for a new vice president for academic affairs, Anne Arundel Community College has chosen a Florida community college dean for the job.
The college announced yesterday that Dennis Golladay, dean of liberal arts at Pensacola Junior College, will replace James S. Atwell Aug. 3.
Atwell, who will retire June 30, worked at the college for 23 years as a faculty member, administrator and, for the past two years, vice president.
Golladay will oversee the college's academic programs, including divisions of health, business and business technologies, engineering and computer technologies, English and humanities, mathematics, health and physical education, science and social science, the library and other areas.
"I feel very honored at having been offered the position," Golladay said yesterday in a phone interview from Florida.
Golladay, who has spent seven years overseeing seven departments, 80 full-time faculty and more than 90 adjunct instructors in his Florida job, said the Annapolis area and the college's reputation attracted him to the post.
He said he will spend time becoming familiar with the school before setting any specific goals, though he expects to "maintain its strong line-up of programs and its strong reputation. It is operating as a community college ought to, and I want to make sure it continues to do that."
As for wrangling with dwindling state financial support, Golladay said he has faced similar situations in Florida.
"It's our job as administrators to find solutions for funding shortfalls that don't include elimination of programs," he said. "It is not my object to cut programs."
Community College President Thomas E. Florestano said he and other administrators took on a rigorous, competitive three-month search for the new dean.
"I am thrilled to have someone of Dr. Golladay's experience and talent join the college community," Florestano said. "I believe we have selected an excellent candidate."
Golladay began his career in 1963 at Gunston Junior High School in Arlington, Va., where he taught history and English for two years. He then taught English at George Washington High School in Alexandria, Va., for another two years.
A graduate of Madison College in Harrisonburg, Va., where he earned a bachelor's degree in social studies and English, Golladay left teaching to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia. In 1973, he was awarded a doctorate in U.S. history.
He began at Pensacola Junior College in 1972, teaching history, political science and international relations until 1985.
He headed the college's liberal arts department on its nearby Warrington campus from 1982 to November 1985, when he became dean of the School of Liberal Arts on the Pensacola campus.