$18 million budget OK'd for college

June 26, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

The Harford Community College board of trustees approved an $18 million operating budget Thursday for fiscal 1995, which represents a 6.5 percent increase over last year.

The $18,080,215 budget, which takes effect July 1, includes a 3 percent scale increase for all full-time, regularly budgeted positions and maintains tuition at the current level of $56 per credit hour. Tuition at the college has not changed since 1992.

About 24 percent of the college's budget comes from the state, 39 percent from the county, and the remainder from tuition and fees.

The pay increase affects about 80 full-time faculty members, whose salaries range from $25,000 to $50,000, and 140 administrative and support staff, whose salaries range from $14,000 to $68,000. Full-time employees also received a 3 percent boost in the 1994 budget.

In the 1995 budget's priority list of 43 items, the Edgewood Hall Apprenticeship and Training Center is No. 1, with $137,267 set aside for instructional equipment, phones, computer hardware and a computer lab.

"It was a major area of change in the budget for us," said W. Stephen Pannill, vice president of administration and finance at HCC.

Ground was broken in August for the $3.9 million Edgewood Hall building, which will house apprenticeship programs in electrical and plumbing trades, facilities for the sheriff's academy and the college's business education program.

Another priority is the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center (HEAT), with $300,000 earmarked for instructional equipment. Excavation is expected to begin next month on a $1.5 million, 10,285-square-foot academic building that will anchor the 150-acre complex in Aberdeen. The HEAT project was created to attract degree programs to a 12-acre campus, and research park offices and light industrial shops to the remaining acreage.

The 1995 budget places considerable emphasis on technology and computers, Mr. Pannill said. "It is a major thrust for us."

In other action Thursday, the trustees approved a 3 percent salary increase for college President Richard J. Pappas and HCC's three vice presidents.

Dr. Pappas will be paid at a rate of $86,450 a year until he leaves Aug. 15 to become president of Lake Michigan College, a community college in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Mr. Pannill, the vice president of administration and finance, will get $70,573; Diane Troyer, vice president of academics and student affairs, $76,831; and G. Jeremiah Ryan, vice president of marketing, planning and development, $70,338.

In its first step to find a replacement for Dr. Pappas, who has been president of the college for five years, the board recently created a 14-member search advisory committee, which that includes trustees, faculty members, administrators and a student representative.

The board Thursday approved an $18,300 contract for a consultant, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), to work with the committee in the nationwide search.

Five years ago, the college used a consultant, at a cost of $21,175, to find Dr. Pappas, said Patricia A. Perluke, trustee vice chairwoman and the advisory committee's chairwoman.

To get the search process started, ACCT consultant Elizabeth Rocklin will be in Harford on Wednesday and Thursday to talk to county officials and members of the campus community and develop a profile of the college president and a job description. Advertisements will be placed in trade papers and journals, officials said.

Ms. Perluke said the trustees expect to be presented with the five top candidates by Nov. 17. The board hopes to make a decision by December and have a new president in place by the middle of January, when the spring semester begins.

An interim president is expected to be chosen by August, Ms. Perluke said.

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