Larson gets post at Pa. college

October 29, 1997


Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - Hagerstown resident Jon Larson has dropped out of the running for the president's job at Frederick Community College to take the helm of a community college in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Larson, 56, a 20-year employee of FCC, was one of five finalists for his college's top post. He will leave his job as vice president for administration and dean of institutional services at the college to take over as president of Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pa., in mid-November.

Being able to finally realize his dream of becoming a college president is "sweet" for him and wife Judy, Larson said.


"We've both been dreaming about this for a long time," he said.

Still, they've grown to love the college and Hagerstown over the years, and it will be difficult to say goodbye, Larson said.

He won't be leaving his post in Frederick until Nov. 17, but Larson said he's already getting a jump on his new responsibilities.

The college hasn't had an active president for nine months, so they're anxious for him to get in and get going, he said.

Larson said he's excited to take on the responsibility of looking at the "total picture" of the college - which has about 6,000 students - and representing it in the community.

"That's a nice new focus for me," he said.

Larson has been at FCC since 1977, when he took over as director of institutional development. He was promoted to his current job in 1979.

He previously was director of community services at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.

Larson earned a master's degree in government and politics and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. He received bachelor's degrees in English and government from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

The remaining four finalists for FCC President Lee Betts' job are Carol Spencer of DeSoto, Texas; Patricia Donohue of St. Louis; Charlene Nunley of Olney, Md.; and Patricia Stanley of Irvine, Texas.

Betts will retire at the end of December after 11 years of heading the college.

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