Education posts spark interest

October 30, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

The Harford County Permanent Nominating Caucus will recommend seven residents for gubernatorial appointments to one vacant seat on the board of education and two vacant seats on the board of trustees for Harford Community College, caucus chairman David Petr said Friday.

"We began the selection process in June, completed it [Thursday] night and were very surprised by the number of applicants, especially for the trustee positions," Mr. Petr said.

A change in state law, effective July 1, created two new vacancies for the board of trustees, and 33 people inquired about the posts, Mr. Petr said. Of those, 16 submitted applications and the nominating caucus pared the list to five, he said.

The nominees for the college board are: Ralph H. Jordan Jr. of Abingdon, Dr. Lehman W. Spry Jr. of Aberdeen, William J. Smith of Abingdon, Dr. Mary J. McMahon of Street and Kevin J. `D Mahoney of Bel Air.

Mr. Jordan is marketing coordinator for the Susquehanna Region Private Industries Council. He worked from 1958 to 1984 at Harford Community College in various positions, including a stint as acting president in 1976-1977.

Dr. Spry has a dentistry practice in Havre de Grace and is a former county councilman.

Dr. Smith is a supervisory research biologist in the biochemical pharmacology office at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Dr. McMahon is chairwoman and an associate professor of health science at Towson State University.

Mr. Mahoney practices law with Leaf, Mahoney and McCarthy in Bel Air.

Five people inquired about the board of education vacancy and two returned applications, he said. The caucus will send the names of both applicants, Geoffrey Close and H. Everett Smith, both of Bel Air, to Gov. William Donald Schaefer this week along with the names of the five trustee nominees, Mr. Petr said.

Mr. Close is a real estate broker, insurance agent and a former mayor of Bel Air.

Mr. Smith is an insurance agent.

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