Harford Week

October 17, 2004

Community college names four finalists for president post

The Harford Community College board of trustees has named four finalists to serve as the seventh president of the college:

Ann E. Alexander is president of Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Va. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University. She received her doctorate in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was named a distinguished graduate of the College of Education.

Dennis Golladay is president of Cayuga County Community College in Auburn, N.Y. He received his bachelor's degree in social science and English from James Madison University in Virginia and his master's and doctorate in American history from the University of Virginia. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. He was also an NEH Summer Fellow at the University of Virginia.

Debra L. McCurdy is the provost and chief operating officer of Dunwoody campus at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Ga. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a doctorate in higher education administration and supervision from Bowling Green. She received an award from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Calvin E. Woodland is vice president of student services at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in psychology. Woodland completed his undergraduate studies at Morgan State University and earned a master's degree from Howard University in Washington. He also earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a doctorate in psychology from the Southern California University for Professional Studies.

The College Assembly will coordinate visits of the candidates Tuesday and Wednesday with opportunities for the college and local community to participate in interviews on campus. Claudia E. Chiesi, who has served as president of the college since 1995, will retire Dec. 31.

Democratic committee elects county officers

The Democratic State Central Committee for Harford County has elected officers to serve until September 2006.

Michael G. Comeau of Jarrettsville was re-elected chairman. Carolyn W. Evans of Fallston was elected vice chairwoman. Donna L. Sebly of Bel Air will continue to serve as secretary, and Eric Roper of Joppatowne will continue as treasurer.

Exxon Mobil Corp. denies contaminating well water

Exxon Mobil Corp. released a study Wednesday concluding that the Exxon gas station at the center of a controversy over contaminated wells in Fallston is not to blame - a conclusion that critics immediately disputed.

"Although further investigation is needed, the preliminary data collected thus far does not indicate that the Exxon station is the source of the regional MTBE impact found throughout the study area," Exxon Mobil said in its comprehensive site assessment report to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The Exxon station is at Routes 152 and 165 in Upper Crossroads, where 178 drinking water wells have been found to be contaminated with MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, a gasoline additive used to make fuel burn cleaner. It is also a potential cancer-causing substance.

Community reaction to the report was mixed.

"Their conclusion is not supported by their own evidence," said Steven Scheinin, president of the Greater Fallston Association Inc.

He said he didn't accept Exxon Mobil's conclusion. "If they say they are not the source of the contamination within the half-mile radius of the station, that is not supported by the evidence.

"They have already acknowledged 33 gasoline fixtures [on the gasoline storage systems] were not tight," he said.

Roman Ratych, a vice president of the community group, said the station might be responsible for a limited part of the contamination, but, "If Exxon is not responsible, what's the next step?"

"If Exxon's role in the contamination is limited, then I think the Maryland Department of the Environment needs to step up to the plate and do its own investigation. Somebody has to find the source of the contamination. It's massive within the half-mile radius of the Exxon station," he said.

In a news release from Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Patty Delaney, the company said: "According to the report, the data collected from the investigation concludes that no large volume leaks or spills occurred at the Exxon station sufficient enough to reach all of the wells throughout the study area."

Cooper Road closing for stream bank project

Cooper Road between Deep Run and Little roads in Whiteford will be closed for about three weeks starting Oct. 25 for a stream bank stabilization project, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau announced last week.

Playwright contest winners to be announced Nov. 6

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