Sylvan executive named leader of Dickinson College

Education Digest

January 14, 1999

William G. Durden, a top executive at Sylvan Learning Systems, has been named president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

"It's an honor to have your alma mater ask you to take it into the 21st century," said Durden, 49, a 1971 graduate of Dickinson. "It was too good to turn down."

Durden is vice president for academic affairs of Caliber Learning Network, a joint venture of Baltimore-based Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. and MCI that provides education training through satellite communications. He is president of Sylvan Academy, a Caliber program that offers courses to academically advanced high school students.

For 16 years, Durden was executive director of the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth, which teaches, and researches, academically advanced students.

Dickinson, which has about 1,900 students, was founded in 1773, and is the 15th-oldest college in the nation. Durden, who will take over in July, will be the school's 27th president, succeeding Lee I. Fritschler.

Baltimore church officer one of three new regents

Leronia A. Josey, the chief operating officer of Bethel AME Church of Baltimore, is one of three new members of the University System of Maryland's 17-member Board of Regents appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Josey and William T. Wood of Bethesda were named to six-year terms, replacing Margaret G. Alton and Benjamin L. Brown, both of Baltimore. U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a 5th District Democrat, will fill the remaining six months of the term of retired Baltimore Judge Mary Arabian, who resigned.

"My grandmother, who went to the third grade, always told me, `If I had your education, I could do some things,' " said Josey, 56, a graduate of Spellman College in Atlanta, who also has two degrees from Syracuse University.

"I'm trying to live that out."

Executive, councilwoman appointed to school board

In long-delayed appointments, a Baltimore City health care executive and a former Prince George's County councilwoman have been named to the Maryland State Board of Education, replacing two retiring members.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has appointed Marilyn D. Maultsby of Baltimore, executive director of the nonprofit Maryland Health Care Foundation, and JoAnn T. Bell of Bowie to the 12-member board. They are replacing Rose LaPlaca of Mitchellville and Edmonia T. Yates of Baltimore.

Maultsby, a finalist for the Baltimore school board in 1997, is board chairwoman of Associated Black Charities and a member of the Maryland Committee for Children. She received the 1998 Maryland's Top 100 Award.

Bell has more than 18 years' experience in public service, as a member of the Prince George's County Council and the Prince George's County Board of Education.

Pub Date: 1/14/99

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