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USM executive director among finalists for HCC post

September 15, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

The executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown has interviewed for the position of vice president for academic affairs at Hagerstown Community College.

Dave Warner, a former HCC administrator who has led the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown campus from its infancy, is one of six candidates who made the college's short list.

The college could announce its choice by the end of September, said President Guy Altieri, chairman of the search committee. The position has been vacant since June 30, when Julian Sidlowski retired.

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According to Altieri, the vice president would lead and hire faculty and set academic policy. The vice president's responsibilities include establishing and maintaining academic standards, including graduation requirements; monitoring, adding or eliminating academic programs; and overseeing instructional facilities, Altieri said.

Warner was among six candidates invited by the university for interviews earlier this month. The other candidates were Janet Gross of Newark, Del., a former dean of arts and sciences at Shippensburg (Pa.) University; Walter H. Mackey II of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Paul Mazur of Minneapolis; Judith Oleks of Peabody, Mass.; and Carole Richardson of Hagerstown.

According to Altieri, 75 people from 27 states applied for the job at HCC, the fastest growing of Maryland's 16 community colleges, Altieri said.

"This is the heart of our institution, obviously, because it deals with what we teach and who does the teaching, so this is a very, very important decision for the college," Altieri said.

Richardson, who has worked at HCC for two years as the director of instruction, said she withdrew her name about two weeks ago because she decided she would prefer to get more experience before moving up the college ranks.

As director of instruction, Richardson reports directly to the vice president of academic affairs. Richardson said all of the candidates seemed well qualified.

"I don't see how we could go wrong - (it is) a good quality group, and I am, of course, honored to be among them," Richardson said Wednesday.

Warner was named executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown in February 2004. According to a spring census, 382 students attended classes at the campus during its inaugural semester last spring.

Warner said, while he loves working at the new campus, he always has wanted to be a vice president.

"I feel like much of the work that was scratched on pads, hanging on the walls - you know, 'We've got to do this, we've got to do this, we've got to do this' - I really feel like much of that has been accomplished," Warner said.

A longtime employee of HCC, Warner most recently worked as the school's director of instruction.

"I haven't honestly figured out what I'm going to do if I get an offer," Warner said.

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