HCC names three finalists in presidential search

(February 16, 2018) – The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of three finalists for the presidency of HCC, following a nationwide search which resulted in 60 applicants. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are James S. Klauber, Sr., of Madison, Ala.; Ted A. Lewis, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and C. David Warner, III, of Hagerstown.

“The Board is excited to be at this stage of our presidential search and looks forward to welcoming the three finalists to the campus,” said Austin Abraham, board chair. “We appreciate the support from the campus and the community as the search screening committee and trustees have devoted time and energy to this very important process of selecting the college’s fourth president.”

James Klauber is the president of John C. Calhoun State Community College in Decatur, Ala. Previously, he was the president of Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Ky. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree in educational administration and a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history from The Citadel.

Ted Lewis is the vice president of academic affairs/chief academic officer at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn. Previously, he was the dean of instruction at Lone Star College-CyFair, in Cypress, Texas. He earned a doctor of education degree in higher education administration in the Community College Leadership Program from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of science degree in political science from the University of North Texas, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Texas Wesleyan University.

David Warner is the vice president of academic affairs and student services of Hagerstown Community College and is presently serving as interim president. Previously, he was the executive director for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. He earned a doctor of education degree in education, with specialization in instructional leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master of education degree in music from Towson State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in secondary music education from Shepherd College.

Each presidential finalist will spend a day on campus, in a variety of meetings, which will include two open forums. The open forums are divided into a faculty-focused forum and a staff-focused forum; however, both forums are open to all faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. The forums will allow attendees the opportunity to provide written feedback, which will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees.

The open forums for James Klauber will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.; the open forums for David Warner will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.; and the open forums for Ted Lewis will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. All open forums will be held in the Kepler Theater.

HCC’s former president, Guy Altieri, retired on December 31, 2017. A twelve-member presidential search screening committee began working in December creating a presidential profile, reviewing 60 candidate applications, conducting confidential video interviews with semi-finalists, and recommending finalists to the Board of Trustees this week. Following the campus visits by the finalists, the Board of Trustees will deliberate on the final selection, which will include a review of comments collected from all the meetings during each visit, with the goal of announcing the new president by the end of March.

James Klauber
James S. Klauber, Sr.

Ted Lewis
Ted A. Lewis

David WarnerC. David Warner