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  • Date: May 9, 2005
    Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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    Montgomery College Announces Appointment of Three Vice Presidents
    New Heads Named for Takoma Park Campus, Institutional Advancement, Learning Initiatives

    PHOTO EDITORS - high-resolution images to accompany this story:
    Dr. Bradley J. Stewart
    Mr. David Sears
    Ms. Clarice Somersall

    Montgomery College officials have appointed three new vice presidents, filling key leadership posts at the multi-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland. Dr. Bradley J. Stewart will become vice president and provost of the College’s Takoma Park Campus, beginning May 23; Mr. David Sears begins his post as vice president of Institutional Advancement on May 16; and Ms. Clarice Somersall, the current interim vice president and provost at Takoma Park, will take on the role of vice president for Learning and Academic Effectiveness, effective May 23.

    “This is such an exciting time of growth and change for Montgomery College, and the role of leadership will be more pivotal than ever in helping us to keep pace with a rising demand for the educational services we provide,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. “These three outstanding individuals will each play key roles in helping us to advance our important mission as the community’s college, and we are delighted to have them on board to lead in these key areas.”

    Dr. Stewart comes to Montgomery College from the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha, a two-year institution within the University of Wisconsin system, where he has served since 1999 as campus executive officer and dean. Stewart has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, first as a professor and later in several administrative roles. Under Stewart’s leadership, the Waukesha campus in Wisconsin underwent several major renovation and building projects, including new humanities and physical education buildings. Currently, Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus is in the midst of a multi-year, $90 million expansion project that adds three new buildings and other facilities, with an extension into south Silver Spring.

    Sears joins Montgomery College after 15 years in fundraising and development at Georgetown University. His most recent post was director of athletic development, where he was responsible for soliciting major gifts for endowed scholarships, facilities and other funds. Sears was instrumental in the successful completion recently of Georgetown’s “Third Century (fundraising) Campaign.” He holds a bachelors of science from Georgetown University and is currently completing an MBA program at Mount St. Mary’s University.

    Somersall will take on the role of vice president for Learning and Academic Effectiveness, leading a series of teams that have been formed at the college to shape the College’s vision for adopting a “learning-centered college” approach. Somersall has been with Montgomery College for 16 years, having served as a faculty member, dean, and academic administrator, prior to her current interim post at the Takoma Park Campus. During her tenure at the college, Somersall has played an instrumental role in the creation and implementation of programs such as Pathways to Success, the Hispanic Business Institute, and the Diversity Management Institute. Somersall began her professional career in Bermuda, having served as a reading specialist at both the primary and postsecondary levels of education.  She holds a master’s degree in developmental education and a certificate in supervisory management from the Institute for Supervisory Management, London, England.

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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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