College forms committee to plan presidential search

Diverse panel to seek successor to Chambers

April 20, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Western Maryland College has formed a transition committee to develop plans to recruit a successor for President Robert Chambers, who resigned last week.

The committee, established by the board of trustees' executive committee, includes alumni, faculty, administrative staff and students, a college spokesman said. The committee will meet for the first time early next month.

"It's vital to maintain the momentum achieved at the college. There is a shared vision among the senior officers of the college and we need to identify the individual who best can lead Western Maryland on its trajectory toward ever-higher quality and recognition," said James I. Melhorn, board chairman.

The transition committee will draft the job description and key attributes of the next president.

Chambers will leave his post at the end of June.

Joan Develin Coley, provost and dean of faculty, has been elected interim president. Coley served as acting president while Chambers was on a six-month sabbatical.

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