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For Immediate Release (00-07)
Date: March 7, 2000
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-5385

New Provosts Named to Head Montgomery College’s
Rockville and Takoma Park Campuses
Dr. Porter Appointed at Takoma; Dr. Shartle-Galotto at Rockville

(Rockville, Maryland ) -- Montgomery College President Dr. Charlene R. Nunley announced the appointments of Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto and Dr. Clarence Porter as Provosts of the College’ s Rockville and Takoma Park campuses, respectively.

“Although both Dr. Shartle-Galotto and Dr. Porter have been doing an outstanding job in acting roles for an extensive period,” said Nunley, “I believe strongly that open administrative positions should be widely advertised in an effort to bring the very best leaders to this college. After conducting national searches and interviewing 13 candidates, both search committees concluded that the incumbents were by far and away the best candidates for the jobs.”

Since Nunley was appointed president just over a year ago, the College has filled 10 administrative positions – all through national searches. Five were offered to external candidates and five to internal faculty and staff. “We are extremely fortunate,” the president noted, “to have achieved an ideal balance between bringing in new people with new perspectives and experiences, and rewarding the performance of our own outstanding employees, through appointments such as these.”

Porter has been with the College for more than 15 years, serving as instructional dean and acting provost. Under his leadership, the Takoma Park Campus – which will undergo a major, three-building expansion over the next few years – launched a number of academic initiatives. These include a Science Learning Center, summer teaching training programs for public school science teachers, and establishment of “2 + 2” programs with local high schools in cooperative education and biotechnology.

Prior to coming to Montgomery College, he served as vice president of academic affairs at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and as associate vice president of State University System of Minnesota. He holds a doctorate in zoology from Oregon State University.

Shartle-Galotto has served as acting provost, instructional dean, and assistant to the president, and NIH project director for continuing education at Montgomery College. She was instrumental in the development and funding of the College honors program, provided extensive leadership and support for the College’s partnerships with Montgomery County Public Schools, and developed the successful Pathways to Success project. She was responsible for generating $1.5 million in private support for the College, in the areas of arts and humanities, and honors scholarships. A faculty member on the Rockville campus for six years, Shartle-Galotto formerly coordinated the campus' Learning Center and program and its Women's Center. Prior to that, she was an alternative resource teacher in the Montgomery County Public School system. Shartle-Galotto earned a doctoral degree in counseling and development at American University.

The two high-level administrative appointments come directly on the heels of the College’s hiring of Dr. Jowel Laguerre, currently a vice president at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota, as Montgomery’s new vice president of academic and student services. Laguerre will begin his new assignment on May 1. He will replace the retiring Dr. Floyd Cumberbatch, who -- prior to serving as acting academic vice president – had been provost of the Rockville campus.

The College also announced recently the appointments of Vivian Lawyer as director of the Office of Human Resources and Robert Lynch as director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research. Lawyer was promoted from her role as head of the department’s employment and training division. Lynch comes to the College from the Community College of Baltimore County.

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