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The search for HCC president is down to four

February 25, 2002|By SCOTT BUTKI

The search for a successor to retiring Hagerstown Community College President Norman Shea is down to four candidates and one may be selected in March, HCC Dean of Students Carl Galligan said Friday.

Galligan is chairman of the search committee formed in September to find Shea's successor.

There is one candidate each from Maryland, West Virginia, New York and Michigan, he said. He would not identify which towns the Maryland and West Virginia candidates are from.

None of the four candidates works at the college.

The New York and West Virginia candidates have experience as presidents of community colleges, Galligan said.

Next week the four candidates will be interviewed by six groups: Students, faculty, non-exempt support staff and exempt administrators and directors, the college Board of Trustees, college alumni and foundation board members. The interviews are not open to the public.

Those groups will offer their input to the search committee.

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The search committee hopes to recommend the finalist at the March 19 meeting of the board of trustees.

Fifty-eight people applied for the position and 48 met all of the qualifications, Galligan said.

Each search committee member read all 48 application packets before the field of candidates was narrowed to the four remaining ones, he said.

"It has been very gratifying to see the caliber of the candidates," he said.

Besides Galligan, the search committee includes William Reuter, chairman of the college's board of trustees; Merle Elliott, a member of the board of trustees; Gregory 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.

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

The next president's term will begin Sept. 1.

The salary of the next president will be determined by the board. Shea's salary is $116,000.

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, Advanced Technology Center, Technical Innovation Center, Learning Resource Center and Alumni Amphitheater.

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