Chancellor picks three for presidential posts

Community college trustees to take up McPhail's selections

June 12, 1999|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The final pieces of the new governance of Baltimore County's community colleges fell into place yesterday as Chancellor Irving Pressley McPhail said the three campuses will soon have new presidents.

In a memo to the faculty and staff, McPhail said he would recommend the appointment of Andrew Jones as president of the Catonsville campus, Eugenia Proulx at Dundalk and Wayne Branch at Essex. They are expected to be approved by the college system's board of trustees next week.

"Each of these leaders is a student of the learning-centered philosophy and will bring great energy and vision to our campuses," McPhail said in the statement.

Jones is executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. Proulx is vice president for academic affairs at Erie Community College in Pennsylvania, and Branch is vice president for student affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Each will have the title of campus president, reporting to the chancellor of what is now known as the Community College of Baltimore County.

A reorganization that diminished the independence of the county's three two-year colleges began two years ago when a report criticized the governance of the system. Subsequently, the system was given its new name -- each school is now a campus of the college -- McPhail was hired as chancellor, and a search was begun to find replacements for the three incumbents whose terms were due to expire this month.

All three of those presidents -- Frederick J. Walsh at Catonsville, Felix T. Haynes at Dundalk and Leila Gonzalez Sullivan at Essex -- resigned before the end of their terms.

The 1997 report called for abolishing the position of campus president and having each campus headed by a provost or dean, in part to bring substantial savings in salaries, benefits and staff, but the system's board of trustees decided to retain the offices.

McPhail's statement said his recommendations for the new presidents will be presented to a meeting of the trustees Wednesday.

Pub Date: 6/12/99

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