Senate bill adds a student, staff member to HCC board

April 04, 2004|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

The Harford Community College board of trustees appears likely to have two new members after the Maryland Senate unanimously approved a bill to add a student and faculty member to the oversight panel Friday.

Two provisions of the measure - to remove the college president from the secretary/treasurer role on the board, and to require certain standing committees - were stripped from the Senate bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Republican from Abingdon.

Bernard F. Barnes, chairman of the board, said late Friday that he had "no reaction" to the bill.

"That is a matter that Sen. Jacobs wanted to see happen, and to the best of my knowledge, she never discussed it with the board of trustees nor anyone at the college," Barnes said.

Harford's delegates also approved the bill Friday, making its passage in the House nearly certain, said Del. Barry Glassman, Harford's delegation chairman.

The board of trustees has come under criticism in recent months by the county's General Assembly members.

Complaints about management style and the independence of the panel filtered to the lawmakers from anonymous campus faculty, leading Sen. Joanne S. Parrott, a Republican from Fallston, and Jacobs to call for the board's dissolution earlier in the session.

They later backed away from those demands.

Glassman, a Republican from Darlington, said adding the members is a positive step.

"They're slowly beginning to open their process up to the community," he said. "This will accentuate that in the future."

Parrott said she is pleased that the measure was approved. Parrott sponsored the bill originally in the House, but the county delegation did not support it, largely because of the plan to require committees and change the president's role.

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