MCCS seeks presidents for two schools

Posted Jan. 27, 2010, at 8:18 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two members of the Maine Community College System’s board of trustees will lead search committees for new presidents at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor and Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

The Hon. Daniel Wathen, chairman of the MCCS board of trustees, announced the appointments Wednesday at a meeting of the board, a press release from the MCCS reported.

Carol Epstein of Bangor will head the search committee at EMCC. Merle Nelson of Falmouth will lead the search at KVCC. Both committees will be composed of members of each college’s community and will include support and administrative staff, faculty, students, area legislators and volunteer leadership. The searches for both presidents will begin in early February in hopes of filling the positions by the start of the 2010-11 academic year.

A new president at EMCC will replace Joyce Hedlund who, on Wednesday, was appointed by the board as the new president of Washington County Community College, effective July 1, 2010. Hedlund has served as EMCC’s president for the past 16 years. She will replace William Cassidy who retired from WCCC at the end of 2009 and who was granted president emeritus status by the board.

KVCC’s new president will replace Barbara Woodlee, who announced her retirement last week and who has served as the college’s president for the past 26 years. Woodlee will continue to serve the MCCS in a part-time capacity as academic officer.

More information about Maine’s community college system is available at http://www.mccs.me.edu/.

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