College selects its next leader Carroll Community names Pappalardo associate president

June 25, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

The Carroll Community College board of trustees voted last night to appoint Faye Pappalardo, vice president of academic affairs, as the school's associate president.

The board expects to approve Pappalardo as the college's second president when Joseph F. Shields retires June 30, 1999.

"The board selected her for her absolute and thorough knowledge of community colleges and in particular her dedication to Carroll Community College," said board Chairwoman Janet R. Colburn.

Pappalardo, who joined the college in 1988 as director of student affairs, has worked closely with Shields on several major initiatives, and played a key role in the school's first accreditation in 1996.

"I accept this humbly and graciously and with much enthusiasm," Pappalardo told the board after her appointment. "I have a pair of very large shoes to fill."

The board also praised Shields, who over the past five years has guided the school's transition from a branch of Catonsville Community College to an independent campus -- the 18th community college in the state.

"I can't express to you how much he has done for the college," said Colburn. "We have more buildings, we've gone through the accreditation process successfully and he's raised lots of money to supplement what the county gives us. We are very lucky in Carroll to have had him here at all."

Colburn said Pappalardo was the only applicant for the president's position. The board sought the opinions of members of the college community -- including faculty, administration and support staff -- in choosing the school's next president.

"We interviewed her to see whether we wanted to make the appointment or whether we wanted to conduct a national search," she said.

"This is the appropriate person, at this time for this college," Colburn said.

Pappalardo's salary will be $90,313 for fiscal 1999, which begins Wednesday. The board will negotiate her salary as president during the next year.

"The chief feather in her cap is that she got us through our first accreditation process and she now consults with other colleges to help them prepare for that process as well," Colburn said.

The college received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1996.

As part of the process, every member of the faculty and most of the nonteaching staff participated in a thorough examination of the college, from academic courses to data processing of grades or paychecks.

The accreditation is essential so students can qualify for financial aid and the courses they take can be transferred to other schools across the country.

Pappalardo came to Carroll Community College from the Community College of Baltimore, where she worked for a decade. When she left in 1988, she was dean of student affairs.

In the 1960s and '70s, Pappalardo taught in Catholic schools, including Towson Catholic and Catholic High School of Baltimore, where she was chairwoman of the foreign language department from 1970 to 1972.

A 1960 graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Pappalardo studied languages in France and received master's degrees in higher education from the Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. In 1992, she earned a doctorate in higher and adult education from Columbia.

Over the next year, Pappalardo said, she will work side by side with Shields and ease into handling some of the presidential responsibilities, such as fund raising.

Shields, 64, joined Carroll Community College in 1991 as a dean when it was still a satellite campus. He became president July 1, 1993.

During his tenure, he oversaw construction of the college's $7 million library, which opened in November. At 51,000 square feet, it is 10 times larger than the old one. Shields moved the project up on the priority list shortly after his appointment as president.

Reflecting on the changes at Carroll Community College in the past seven years, Shields said he's proud of the college's course offerings in the growing field of computer-aided design and of the school's relationship with the local business community.

"We see as part of our mission training and retraining the work force of Carroll County," Shields said. "So we work closely with all the businesses to determine what their needs are, not only for entry-level positions but for current employees."

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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