President of Dundalk college resigns to take post in Florida

November 26, 1998|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

The president of the Dundalk campus of Baltimore County's community college system has resigned and accepted a similar post in Tampa, Fla.

Felix T. Haynes said yesterday his new job as head of Hillsborough Community College will be a homecoming as he returns to the area where he was born and raised and where family members reside.

"You can go home again," said Haynes, who has been president of Dundalk since 1996. "I had a great experience at Dundalk and look forward to my new job."

Francis X. Kelly, chairman of the Community College of Baltimore County board of trustees, said a national search will be conducted for Haynes' successor.

Searches are under way to replace presidents at the system's two other campuses -- Frederick J. Walsh at Catonsville, and Leila Gonzalez Sullivan at Essex -- whose contracts expire in June 1999. They earn $101,000 a year.

The Community College of Baltimore County, with an enrollment of about 65,000 students at Dundalk, Catonsville and Essex, began a dramatic reorganization about two years ago to bring the once-independent institutions under one system.

A new chancellor, Irving Pressley McPhail, was hired and the board of trustees was enlarged to 15 members under the leadership of Kelly, a former state senator.

"Felix Haynes was at Dundalk at a difficult time," Kelly said yesterday. "But he remained a team player to improve the system. He will do well in Florida."

Haynes took office as controversy swirled around the schools. At one point, officials were so worried about declining enrollment at Dundalk that they considered closing it as a cost-saving measure.

"My initial agenda was to lead Dundalk to survival. We were on the chopping block, and we did that," Haynes said. "The political picture in Baltimore County was more than what I understood when I arrived here, but the key is now the school, and the system, is on an upswing.

Working with the new trustees and chancellor, Haynes saw class size increase slightly. In 1996, the county police training academy moved to the campus.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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