Dundalk CC names McAninch interim president

August 20, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Harold D. McAninch, retired president of an Illinois community college, begins a year as interim president of Dundalk Community College when the school opens for classes Sept. 7.

Dr. McAninch, 61, was appointed to the position to replace Martha A. Smith, president of the Sollers Point Road school for six years, who left after the spring semester to become president of Anne Arundel Community College.

Dr. McAninch retired in June from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., where he was president for 15 years.

"Dundalk Community College has great community support," he said. "It is a college where you can get things done because things are already getting done. I expect to keep things moving."

His job is to lead the school until a permanent replacement is found, probably by next summer.

Alan Ferguson, chairman of the DCC board's three-member search committee, said the decision to hire Dr. McAninch was unanimous.

"He is well-grounded in the community college movement, and has been the president of an outstanding community college," Mr. Ferguson said. "He brings experience, background and stability to our situation."

During Dr. McAninch's tenure, DuPage doubled in enrollment to 36,000 students, and underwent a major building program.

Besides its main campus, DuPage has three satellite centers and holds classes at 89 off-campus sites.

DuPage is the largest community college in Illinois. In contrast, Dundalk Community College has an enrollment of about 3,300 students.

A Missouri native, Dr. McAninch was president of Jackson Community College in Michigan from 1969 to 1971, and president of Joliet Community College in Illinois from 1971 to 1979. He holds a doctorate in school administration from the University of Missouri.

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