Former N.J. college chief named interim head of HCC

September 11, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Howard Community College yesterday named a former New Jersey college president who now lives in Annapolis to lead the 5,000-student Columbia institution on an interim basis.

Linda C. Jolly, who was president of Salem Community College in Carneys Point, N.J., and is now president of her own consulting firm in Annapolis, will step in until the school's board of trustees finds a permanent president.

Dwight A. Burrill, who had been president for 16 years, resigned July 24. The search for a permanent replacement is expected to take five to six months.

Jolly, who said she is not a candidate for the permanent job, begins as interim president Monday. She admitted she is a little nervous since she has been out of the community college loop for a year.

"You're always anxious about a new job," Jolly, 53, said. "But I'm really excited. I wish Monday would hurry and come."

In a written statement that accompanied the college's announcement of Jolly's role, trustee Roger Caplan said the board was pleased to hire Jolly.

"We were very fortunate to find an executive of extraordinary caliber and experience so close to home," Caplan said. "With her extensive background in higher education, Dr. Jolly will do an excellent job of managing the college while we search for a replacement."

Jolly said she decided to take the job because she has "community college in my blood."

"I love community colleges and their philosophy on education and their role in the world," Jolly said. "And Howard Community College has a reputation of being a fine community college, and during the next six months, I'm going to try to make the transition as smooth as possible."

Jolly has an extensive background in education. Before she founded the Annapolis-based Jolly Associates Inc., which helps schools with organizational diversity and leadership training, Jolly was president of 4,000-student Salem Community College in southern New Jersey.

From 1987 to 1992, Jolly was vice president and campus director of the Terry campus of Delaware Technical and Community College.

Jolly has also served on various educational panels, including the New Jersey State Employment Training Commission, the American Council on Education's Council on Women, the New Jersey Council on Adult Education and Literacy and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education.

She has a doctorate from the United States International University in San Diego, a master's degree from the University of Delaware and a bachelor's degree from Howard University.

Though Jolly is the interim president, she is expected to contribute to the school's capital and operating budgets, which must be completed by this winter, and several other new programs that the board of trustees has indicated should start as soon as possible.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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