Search panel to pick candidates for HCC presidency

October 15, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The board of trustees of Howard Community College has formed a 33-member search committee to select candidates for the presidency of the 5,000-student Columbia institution.

The committee -- composed of school administrators, faculty, students and local business and community leaders -- will be responsible for interviewing candidates and recommending an unspecified number of semifinalists to the board at a Nov. 18 meeting.

"The search is going very well," said David A. Rakes, who chairs the board of trustees. "We are in the early stages of the process, but I expect it to pick up speed by next month."

Dwight A. Burrill, who had been president for 16 years, resigned July 24. 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, was named interim president Sept. 10.

The board has enlisted the aid of Elizabeth Rocklin, director of board services for the Association for Community College Trustees, a national organization that helps community colleges find new presidents.

Whoever becomes the college's third president -- Al Smith was the school's first -- is expected to wear a number of hats, according to a presidential profile released by the search committee.

The new president will oversee several ongoing capital projects. Since the school opened in 1970, facilities have expanded with enrollment, which has grown from 3,042 in 1980 to 4,954 during the last school year.

The new president will have to contribute to drawing up the school's capital and operating budgets, which must be completed by this winter, and continue Burrill's work in helping the college emphasize technology.

"We're looking for someone who's aggressive and progressive," Rakes said. "We place a lot of emphasis on technology, and we want somebody familiar with technology in the marketplace."

One search committee member said he would like to see a new president interested in fine arts.

"It seems to be something we need more of," said Clarence A. Carvell, a Fulton artist and a college alumnus. "The painting and photography programs need a little more emphasis."

Another committee member, Ed Ely, vice president and director of land sales for the Rouse Co., said he is confident that the new president will embody a variety of characteristics.

"The leader of Howard Community College is just that -- a leader," Ely said. "He or she is going to need a broad set of skills to deal with a variety of issues stemming from education. The right person will be chosen."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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