46 applications received in search for HCC chief

September 25, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

The national search for a new Harford Community College president is continuing on schedule, the chairwoman of the college advisory committee said recently.

As of last week, 46 people had applied, said Patricia A. Perluke, who also is vice chairwoman of the college's board of trustees.

"We are delighted that a number of highly qualified individuals have applied," she said. The college is not releasing applicants' names.

The top three to five contenders will be presented to the trustees in November, Ms. Perluke said. The board of trustees hopes to make a decision by December and have a new president in place by the middle of January, when the spring semester begins.

The new president will replace Richard J. Pappas, who left the college Aug. 15 to become president of Lake Michigan College, a community college in Benton Harbor, Mich. Dr. Pappas had been head of Harford Community College for five years.

W. Stephen Pannill, vice president of administration and finance at HCC, is serving as interim president.

The 14-member presidential search advisory committee includes trustees, faculty members, administrators and a student representative. It is working with a consultant, the Association of Community College Trustees, in the search.

The president's position has been advertised in several national publications, including "Chronicle for Higher Education."

A committee also has developed a profile for the position that is being circulated throughout the country. It includes such qualifications as proven leadership, demonstrated effectiveness in community relations, and commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

The college also is seeking a candidate who has an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and a minimum of 10 years' experience in post-secondary education, with a minimum of five years' experience as a senior administrator.

The new president's salary in not included in the profile. "We need to be talking to the candidates about it," Ms. Perluke said.

Dr. Pappas' salary was $86,450.

There is no advertised closing date for applications, Ms. Perluke said, but the committee will begin reading resumes by the end of September.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: Patricia A. Perluke, Chair, Presidential Search Advisory Committee, c/o Carol Sherman, Harford Community College, P.O. Box 610, Churchville 21028.

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