Person of the year for 2001: HCC President Norman Shea
Outgoing Hagerstown Community College President Dr. Norman Shea explains the successes he and his institution have had over the past 16 years by saying "I'm just a lucky guy."
Perhaps so, but as the old saying goes, luck only benefits those who are prepared to take advantage of the good things that happen to them.
It is our community's great fortune that Shea did do so not to benefit himself, but to enlarge and improve a community college that is not only an alternative to four-year colleges, but an intellectual and cultural resource that provides learning opportunities to students of every age. It is the reason Shea was chosen as The Herald-Mail's Person of the Year for 2001 by a panel of newspaper staffers and community leaders.
When Shea came here in 1986, he had a tough act to follow. As HCC president, Dr. Atlee Kepler, a beloved presence in the community, had brought the college from a single building at South Hagerstown High School to a campus of its own on Robinwood Drive.