HCC board meeting is time of transition

Incoming President: Switch going well

Incoming President: Switch going well

June 19, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Tuesday was a day of comings and goings at Hagerstown Community College.

Longtime HCC President Norman Shea and Board of Trustees member James Latimer attended their last board meeting as president and board member.

Meanwhile, incoming HCC President Guy Altieri and board member Anton T. Dahbura attended their first board meeting.

Altieri's first day at HCC was Monday. The former chief operating officer and executive vice president at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., officially takes over as HCC president on July 1. At that time Shea, HCC president since 1986, will step down, but he will remain available as a consultant until Sept. 30.

Although his time at HCC has been brief, Altieri said the transition has gone "extremely well."

Altieri said the more he learns about the college and the community the more he's convinced he came to the right place.


Latimer, a retired Allegheny Energy executive, said he decided to leave the HCC board of trustees after one, six-year term because he plans to spend his winters in Florida.

Latimer said he's proud to have been part of the seven-member board and he said HCC's future is bright.

Dahbura, corporate vice-president at Hub Labels in Hagerstown, said joining the HCC board is a natural move for him.

"I've been involved in a number of community efforts over the years," he said. "HCC is a key part of the community so it seemed a natural progression."

The volunteer board chose a new chairman Tuesday.

Merle Elliott, a board member for 16 years, was named board chairman for a second time. Elliott served as chairman from 1994 to 1996.

Elliott replaces William Reuter, a board member since 1995 and board chairman the past three years.

Carolyn Brooks was re-elected vice-chair of the board on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the HCC board said good-bye and thanks to Ruth Hensley, executive assistant to the president, and to Jim Brown, retired men's basketball coach, athletic director and administrator of the HCC athletic complex.

Hensley is retiring on June 30 after 23 years at HCC.

The board welcomed Kenny Keyes, who after 14 years as an assistant basketball coach is now HCC's head basketball coach.

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