Felix T. Haynes, a veteran education administrator from Illinois, has been named president of Dundalk Community College, which has 3,400 students and a $13.7 million operating budget.
In a telephone interview, Dr. Haynes, 48, said he looks forward to the "challenge of heading Dundalk. We have challenges, educationally and financially, because the American public no longer blindly supports higher education. We have to prove our quality, improve our accountability."
He was selected from 69 applicants by Daniel J. LaVista, chancellor of Baltimore County's three two-year colleges. Dr. LaVista worked in the Illinois community college system with Dr. Haynes in the late 1980s; both were on the system's president's council.
Dr. Haynes will replace interim President Harold D. McAninich in January, and his annual salary of $89,000 will be prorated to a six-month contract. At the end of the school year, the contracts of all three campus presidents expire and their performance will be evaluated, spokeswoman Karen Adams said.
Dr. Haynes said he has visited Dundalk twice and was impressed with the college's ties to the community and its needs. He plans to live in Dundalk with his wife, Susan. The couple married in Towson when she attended Goucher College, and they have four children.
Dr. Haynes holds a doctorate in instructional leadership, a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in journalism, all from the University of Florida. He said he earned his degrees after serving as an Army adviser in Vietnam.
His appointment comes as officials of Baltimore County's three-college system consider tuition increases for fiscal 1997, in the wake of a 6 percent drop in enrollment.
Officials have projected a $2.8 million loss in tuition revenue for the fiscal year that ends in June because of dwindling enrollment and decreased state funding. About $3 million has been frozen in the current budget to cover the shortfall.
Maryland legislators, who note similar problems at some of the state's other 18 community colleges, are attempting to pump more money into the schools.
Meanwhile, County Council Chairman Vincent J. Gardina has called for an audit after criticizing Dr. LaVista for adding another bureaucratic layer of vice chancellors and moving into a new suite of offices in Towson.
The community college board also approved the purchase of a $30,000 car for Dr. LaVista, rent and furniture for a Cockeysville apartment and other perks in addition to his $130,000 salary.
Defenders of the new chancellor say Dr. LaVista, hired in June, has not had enough time to consolidate programs, faculty and staff and eliminate waste. He will brief the council next month on how consolidation has saved the system money.