Faculty member named interim executive director at USMH

July 13, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |

HAGERSTOWN — The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown has named faculty member John Stoothoff as interim executive director effective July 25, when Executive Director David Warner leaves,  a USMH official said Wednesday.

A search committee will be formed in late August with a goal of finding Warner's permanent successor by February, USMH spokeswoman Erin Harman said.

Warner is leaving USMH to become vice president of academic affairs at Hagerstown Community College.

Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, will lead the search for a new USMH executive director, with support from Brit Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Vice Chancellor Irwin Goldstein, Harman said.

Frostburg State University serves as the managing institution for USMH.

The search committee will also include a member of the USMH Advisory Board, Harman said. It will convene in September, she said.

Stoothoff, the interim executive director, has more than 37 years experience in education, having worked as a school superintendent at the local and regional levels in New York state, Harman said.

He is currently a Frostburg State University faculty member and program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Teaching program that Frostburg offers at USMH.

In a news release issued Wednesday about Warner's resignation, Gibralter commended Warner for USMH's progress under his leadership.

"I have seen Dr. Warner grow enrollment, raise funds for scholarships and work closely with the USMH Advisory Board, Governing Council and the General Assembly in a way that has built USMH into an essential regional educational resource," Gibralter said. "His loss will be very much felt, but I know he will excel at his new opportunity at HCC."

Warner joined USMH in March 2004 during the renovation of its downtown building and was at the helm when the doors opened to the first students in January 2005.

"Serving as the first executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown has been a remarkable experience," Warner said in the release. "With enormous support and encouragement from Frostburg State University, the University System of Maryland and the community at large, we developed USMH into a premier regional higher education center. I will always be grateful for having had the privilege of serving this fine institution."

Kirwan congratulated Warner on his new position and praised him for a "tremendous job" as executive director of USMH.

"He has made this regional center a vital resource for our students and the Western Maryland community," Kirwan said. "USMH will remain a critical center for the system, a vital regional resource, and an anchor in the renaissance of downtown Hagerstown."

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