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Date: January 18, 2006
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Montgomery College President Nunley Announces Plans to Retire
Community College’s Board of Trustees Will Begin National Search for a Successor

PHOTO EDITORS: For a high-resolution photograph of Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, click on nunley.jpg

Dr. Charlene R. Nunley Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College, announced today her plans to retire from the post, once the community college’s Board of Trustees is able to complete a national search for her successor. Dr. Nunley’s current contract expires on June 30, 2007.

In a message to the college community, Dr. Nunley noted: “Montgomery College has been a centerpiece of my life for the past 27 years – including the last seven – in which I have enjoyed the great privilege of serving as your president. For me, the College has provided what I consider the career opportunity of a lifetime. That is both because of the powerful mission we are engaged in every day of changing the lives of our students for the better, and because all of you have afforded me the honor of working with such a dedicated, professional and amazingly talented set of colleagues.”

“I know that whoever succeeds me,” said Dr. Nunley, “will be as fortunate as I am to lead at an institution that is blessed with the greatest administrative team, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community friends, and Board of Trustees that any college president could ever imagine.”

In announcing her retirement plans, Dr. Nunley indicated that once a new president is named, she would like to spend her remaining time with the College working with the Montgomery College Foundation and the College’s Institutional Advancement team on “the important task of launching a major capital campaign to raise funds for scholarships, academic program enhancements, building projects, and other critical needs.”

“Dr. Nunley’s accomplishments as president have been nothing short of spectacular,” said Dr. Sylvia Crowder, chairperson of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. “She has gained the respect and admiration of County and State officials who, even during more financially stringent times of her presidency, have provided the College with the support to keep us viable and thriving.”

Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees will begin planning for a presidential search, said Crowder. More details of that process will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dr. Nunley was named Montgomery College’s sixth president, in 1999, following a nationwide search. She originally joined the College in 1979 and served previously in a variety of capacities, including as its executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

As president, Dr. Nunley has helped to launch Montgomery College into the top five community colleges nationally, in private fundraising. She has overseen the College during a decade of continuous enrollment growth, led the effort to secure State and County support and funding for the current major expansion of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. She also secured additional land and public support for the development of a new bioscience education center and science/technology business park on the Germantown Campus, and began the planning for a new science center and other facilities on the Rockville Campus.

Dr. Nunley is an active leader in the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, serving on both its board of directors and as vice chair of the Maryland Community College Chief Executives Officers. She is one of only two community college members on the board of directors of the American Council on Education, and served on the Advisory Committee of Presidents of the Association of Community College Trustees from 2003-2005.

In 2005, Dr. Nunley was named to the U.S. Secretary of Education’s new Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Dr. Nunley is one of 19 education, business, and government leaders appointed to the commission, formed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Dr. Nunley was honored last year as the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2005 Northeast Region Chief Executive Officer of the Year and has earned various other accolades, while serving as president of Montgomery College.

Montgomery College is Maryland’s largest community college – in terms of credit enrollment – and the second largest undergraduate institution in the state of Maryland, behind only the University of Maryland, College Park. The College has campuses at Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and a Workforce Development and Continuing Education division that provides non-credit courses and programs at various sites around the county. The College serves more than 55,000 students annually, in credit and non-credit programs.

Dr. Nunley earned a Ph.D. from George Washington University in Educational Policy Studies, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Penn State University, and a B.A. from Penn State in the Psychology Honors Program. She began her career in education as coordinator of Institutional Research and as an instructor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, and later as director of Institutional Research at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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