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Date: November 21, 2006
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Three Finalists Named in Montgomery College (Md.) Presidential Search
Members of College, Greater Community Invited to Forums with the Candidates, Nov. 27–30

Three finalists have been named in the nationwide search for the next president of Montgomery College, a multi-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland.

In its effort to fill the vacancy that will be left upon the retirement of current president Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, the College’s Board of Trustees today announced that the following three individuals have been invited to the College for a series of open forums with members of the college and the greater community, between November 27 and 30:

· Dr. Ana M. Guzmán, the current president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.

· Dr. Brian K. Johnson, chief executive officer of the Allegheny Campus and System senior vice president for student and community services at the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

· Dr. Karen A. Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College, a multi-campus suburban community college outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“This search has been and continues to be an extraordinary process, one that in many ways has helped to validate the outstanding reputation and the respect that the College has earned both locally and nationally,” said Dr. Sylvia Crowder, chair of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. “This was evidenced in the richness of the applicant pool that emerged from a comprehensive, nationwide search which yielded over 70 applicants—many with absolutely outstanding credentials, qualifications and capabilities.”

“Our Presidential Search Advisory Committee, comprised of an array of very dedicated members of the Montgomery College community, did an incredibly thoughtful and thorough job of reviewing and analyzing all of the applications before selecting a group of 10 for a round of confidential interviews,” added Crowder. “Upon completion of the interviews, the committee forwarded three names to the Board of Trustees for further consideration. The Board was extremely pleased with the committee’s recruitment efforts and is excited about introducing these accomplished candidates to the College community.”

Each of the three finalists will visit Montgomery College during the week of November 27 and candidate forums—which are open to members of the college and greater community—will be held at each of College’s three campuses. The schedule is as follows, noted by location:

· Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown (High Technology and Science Center, Room 216):

o Tuesday, Nov. 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m. – Dr. Johnson

o Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3–4 p.m. – Dr. Stout

o Thursday, Nov. 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m. – Dr. Guzmán

· Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville (Theatre Arts Arena):

o Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m. – Dr. Johnson

o Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m. – Dr. Stout

o Wednesday, Nov. 29, 3–4 p.m. – Dr. Guzmán

· Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park (Commons Building, Bliss Room):

o Monday, Nov. 27, 3–4 p.m. – Dr. Johnson

o Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2:30–3:30 p.m. – Dr. Stout

o Thursday, Nov. 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m. – Dr. Guzmán

Montgomery College’s trustees anticipate making an offer to the successful candidate for president by mid-December. The selected candidate would become the seventh chief executive officer in the College’s 60-year history.

Additional biographical information on the three finalists is as follows:

Dr. Ana M. Guzmán, Ed. D.

Dr. Guzmán has been serving as president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, since August 2001. Palo Alto College enrolls approximately 8,200 credit students and 3,200 students in continuing education courses and adult education, and operates on a total budget of approximately $30 million.

During her tenure as president, Palo Alto College’s enrollment has increased by 27 percent, workforce education hours have doubled, retention rates have increased from 62 percent to 71 percent and continuing education revenues have increased by 400 percent. She is known for her ability to engender powerful relationships with state legislators, city councilpersons, and business and community leaders. Under her leadership, Palo Alto College has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AT&T, International Bank of Commerce, and Toyota.

Prior to coming to Palo Alto College, Dr. Guzmán was the executive vice president–administration, institutional advancement and community relations at Austin Community College during which time she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Education. As senior advisor, she advised the Secretary on policy and programmatic issues to increase excellence in education for Hispanic Americans. Her career has spanned a variety of aspects of higher education including institutional advancement, community relations, academic support programs, and teaching, and she is considered a national leader in Hispanic education.

Dr. Guzmán has an Ed.D. in curriculum and early childhood from the University of Houston, a M.A. in sociology from Texas Southern University, and a B.S. in early childhood education from Stout State University. She also has attended the Institute for Educational Management and Corporate Board Training Institute at Harvard University and the Harvard Business School respectively.

Dr. Brian K. Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Johnson has been CEO of the Allegheny Campus and System senior vice president for student and community services at the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 2004. Dr. Johnson has provided executive oversight and strategic leadership for the Allegheny Campus, which has an annual enrollment of 20,000 students. He also provides leadership in student and community services for the entire system of four campuses and seven educational centers, totaling more than 18,000 full time equivalent (FTE) students.

While serving as CEO, Dr. Johnson spearheaded and launched the College’s Achieving the Dream Initiative, joining the Community College of Allegheny County with 57 other colleges as part of this nationwide initiative to raise the bar of student achievement. Prior to his promotion to CEO, Dr. Johnson was vice president of the Allegheny Campus where he provided administrative and academic leadership.

Dr. Johnson previously served as vice president of student and community services at Mesa Community College, in Mesa, Arizona, part of the Maricopa Community College District. While progressively advancing from entry-level management positions to senior administration in the 1990's, Dr. Johnson expanded his background to include experience as a workforce educator, community college and university faculty member, community organizer, and campus CEO. During his tenure at Mesa Community College, he opened a second comprehensive campus which currently serves 4,000 students. He has experience working in single college environments where the budget was $70 million, multi-campus environments where the budget was $90 million, and a multi-college district where the budget was in excess of half a billion dollars. He has taught English as a Second Language and led and supervised Native American student programs.

Dr. Johnson earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Arts in education in counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ottawa University. Additionally, Dr. Johnson has completed numerous executive leadership programs, including Harvard's Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning, the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, the League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute, the American Association of Community College's Future Leaders Institute, and the Pennsylvania Educational Policy Fellowship Program.

Dr. Karen A. Stout, Ed.D.

Dr. Stout has been serving as president of Montgomery County Community College, a multi-campus suburban community college outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since April 2001. The college enrolls almost 17,000 credit and 14, 000 non-credit students annually at two campuses, several off-campus locations, at many employer sites, and online.

Under her leadership, the college was nationally recognized for its efforts in student success and the integration of technology in teaching and learning. It was selected as one of 10 community colleges in the country to participate in the pilot Foundations of Excellence First Year College Student Experience initiative, and later was selected by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to participate with Bucknell University in a program to increase community college student transfer and success at elite colleges and universities.

Prior to joining Montgomery County Community College, Dr. Stout served as the vice president for institutional advancement and enrollment services at Camden County College in New Jersey, as well as the founding executive officer of Camden’s William G. Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill. She began her community college career in Maryland at Harford Community College serving as an admissions officer, the director of marketing and development and as the founding director of the Harford Community College Foundation.

During her entire career, Dr. Stout has been involved in the community at all levels: locally, regionally, state-wide, and nationally. In addition to her duties as president, Dr. Stout currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Community College Development. She earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Delaware, Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. In addition, she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management and New President’s Academy.

More information on Montgomery College and the presidential search process is available at

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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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