Search for HCC leader under way

November 27, 2001

Search for HCC leader under way


The board of trustees at Hagerstown Community College plans to have a successor to retiring President Norman P. Shea by April, said Dean of Students Carl Galligan, chairman of the search committee.

Shea announced in June that he will step down from his post in August. He took over as president in 1986.

Galligan said a national search for a new president is under way.

In September, a search committee was created. Besides Galligan, the committee includes William J. Reuter, chairman of the college's board of trustees; Merle S. Elliott, a member of the board of trustees; Gregory I. Snook, president of the Washington County Board of Commissioners; Rosemary Falck, the college's director of human resources; and faculty members Michael Harsh and Vaughn Crowl.

The position has been advertised in newspapers in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., education trade publications and on Web sites, including the college's.


The ads will run through Dec. 31, and the search committee will start reviewing the applications in January. Some have already been received, Galligan said.

The ads do not mention a salary, which will be determined later, he said.

Shea's salary is $116,000.

In March, four groups - students, faculty, non-exempt support staff and exempt administrators and directors - will get separate chances to interview prospective presidents.

Afterward, those groups will pass along their thoughts to the search committee, which will make recommendations to the board of directors.

Galligan said the board of directors hopes to pick the next president in the spring, leaving plenty of time before the fall 2002 semester begins. The president's term will begin Sept. 1.

A pamphlet announcing the job opening states that applicants must have experience in budgeting, funding formulas and fund-raising; an understanding of technology; a commitment to diversity; and a high level of integrity, among other attributes.

They must have a doctoral degree and at least three years of administrative experience as dean, vice president or president, or an equivalent.

Shea came to Hagerstown Community College after six years as president of Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa.

At HCC, he oversaw more than $35 million in additions to the campus, including the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC), Advanced Technology Center, Technical Innovation Center, Learning Resource Center and Alumni Amphitheater.

During Shea's tenure, the school's scholarship endowment fund increased from $300,000 to $4.5 million and the school's name changed from Hagerstown Junior College to Hagerstown Community College.

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