Haddad, Kassoff, Simpkins are chosen for Columbia presidential search panel

October 29, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A former human resources administrator, a public affairs vice president and a former state highway administrator are the new members of the Columbia Council's presidential search committee.

The Columbia resident members, Janet Haddad of Wilde Lake, Hal Kassoff and Maurice Simpkins, both of Oakland Mills, will serve on the six-member committee to search for a Columbia Association president to replace Padraic M. Kennedy, who will retire next summer after 26 years in the job.

They will join three members of the Columbia Council on the committee: David Berson of River Hill, Norma Rose of Wilde Lake and Joe Merke of Town Center.

Haddad has been a human resources administrator for the Peace Corps and director of personnel for the Howard County government. Kassoff was state highway administrator from 1984 until last year. Simpkins is the vice president of public affairs for the Ryland Group.

"We have chosen an outstanding group of individuals to help us find a new president," said Berson. "They all have a clear commitment to Columbia and have demonstrated the expertise in senior management skills that we're looking for in hiring at a senior level."

The resident members were chosen from about 20 applicants by the three members of the Columbia Council.

Berson said the committee hopes to find a new president within the next six months.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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