Colleges chief credits Pumphrey community for helping him achieve


January 02, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT TAKES a village to raise a child, Hillary Clinton recently said, but Pumphrey native Charles A. Taylor says Pumphrey has been doing that all along.

And when asked what has contributed to his success, without hesitation Taylor names his family, the community and the residents of Pumphrey. "I can't say enough about the community."

Taylor has been named chancellor and chief executive officer of the Community Colleges of Spokane in Washington state. He oversees a system that contains 160 sites, serves a student population of 50,000, and has 2,000 employees and an annual budget of $111 million.

Taylor has served in academic positions at Catonsville Community College, Loyola University in Chicago, Chicago State University, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., and most recently as president of St. Philip's College in San Antonio.

A 1965 graduate of Brooklyn Park High School, Taylor entered the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a freshman with hopes of becoming an astronomer. But when he chose to sell his telescope to cover tuition and accepted a job in UMBC's residence halls, he changed his major to sociology and followed a different career path.

Taylor said astronomy is a hobby. "I still have a telescope and look at the moon and the stars," he said.

While at UMBC, Taylor distinguished himself in athletics. He played soccer and basketball and ran track. He was named UMBC's first Athlete of the Year when he graduated in 1973. He said the lessons learned on the playing field have helped throughout his life.

"I learned how to be part of a team and to strive to be the best. When you play sports, you have an opportunity to interact with a variety of people and learn how people can contribute to a cause," he said.

Taylor went on to earn a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in educational administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

Taylor remembers Pumphrey as very supportive. "I was the first in my family to go to college and one of the first in the community to get a doctorate," he said. "It's a small, tight community. People are concerned about each other. Neighbors always asked my family how I was doing in school."

He was raised by a "great mother and father," but also by concerned mothers and fathers in the community. "I have to thank them all for the spiritual support that they gave," he said.

Taylor said he envisions staying in Spokane until he retires. After that, he may start a business or become a consultant working toward helping more minorities become academic leaders.

Does he have any advice for the people back home? "Try to encourage the young people to stay in school and get an education," he said. "And always give thanks to God."

Community relations

The Northern District Police Community Relations Council will hold its first meeting of the year at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane.

The council works to support and enhance the role of the Police Department in serving the community.

Information: 410-789-3683.

Troop 188

The Boy Scouts of Troop 188 are invited to take a private tour of the White House on Saturday. Scouts should meet at the St. Rose of Lima School parking lot at 6: 30 a.m.

The bus should return at 12: 30 p.m.

Information: 410-355-6646.

Hospital programs

Harbor Hospital Center is beginning a session of fitness programs. Classes will be held at the LifeResource Center on Hanover Street.

Scheduled Mondays from Jan. 17 to March 6 are Fit-N-Fun Aerobics from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Low-Impact Aerobics from 5: 15 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m. and Boxing Aerobics from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

On Tuesdays from Jan. 18 to March 7, tai chi will be offered from 5: 15 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m., Aqua Aerobics from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Beginner Yoga from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

On Wednesdays from Jan. 19 to March 8, Abs, Back and Thighs will be offered from noon to 12: 30 p.m., Intermediate Country Line Dancing from 5: 15 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m., Low-Impact Aerobics from 5: 15 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m., Abs and Sculpt from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 and Beginning Country Line Dancing from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

Tai Bo Aerobics and Intermediate Yoga will be offered from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 20 to March 9.

On Fridays from Jan. 21 to March 10, Fit-N-Fun Aerobics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Cardio Kick boxing from 5: 15 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m. and Kids' Karate from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

Finish out the week on Saturdays from Jan. 22 to March 11 with Low-Impact Aerobics from 8: 30 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. and Step and Sculpt from 9: 45 a.m. to 10: 45 a.m.

Information or registration: 410-354-9655.

American Legion

American Legion Post 34 will sponsor a Steamed Shrimp Night from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at 5526 Belle Grove Road. The cost is $4.95 for a half-pound of steamed shrimp, and $5.95 for a steamed shrimp platter. You need not be a member to attend.

Information: 410-789-9682.

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