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Date: October 4, 2007
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 or 240-461-0333 (cell); Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970 or 301-351-9548 (cell)

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Montgomery College to Hold Inauguration Ceremony for New President on Oct. 9
Event to Honor Dr. Brian K. Johnson as Community College’s Seventh President

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 – 1 p.m.
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Md. 20852

Montgomery College will hold an inauguration ceremony to commemorate the installation of new president, Dr. Brian K. Johnson, on Tuesday, October 9. Dr. Johnson is the seventh chief executive officer in the college’s 61-year history.

Themed “Learning Locally, Transforming Globally,” the inaugural festivities will celebrate the diversity of the College’s offerings and of the college community, which includes students from more than 170 different countries. The ceremony will include speakers from visiting colleges and universities, and the college and greater community; musical performances; and an inaugural address by Dr. Johnson. In his address, Dr. Johnson will present his vision for the future of Montgomery College. He will challenge faculty and staff to create “a culture of social responsibility” that is more responsive to the needs of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents, more committed to addressing the state’s workforce challenges, and more attuned to the dynamics of the global economy.

As president of Montgomery College, Dr. Johnson leads a public, open admissions community college with campuses at Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, in Montgomery County, Maryland. The College is the second largest undergraduate institution in the state, educating nearly 24,000 students in credit programs this fall. It also provides a broad array of continuing education and training opportunities for the business community and local residents, through noncredit courses and programs offered through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education division. Montgomery College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

Dr. Johnson became the president of Montgomery College on February 1, following a nationwide search by the College’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Johnson replaced Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, who retired after eight years as president.

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NOTE: Free parking is available on-site at the event, but spaces are limited. For additional information about the inauguration and event location, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/inauguration.

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