(November 21, 2017) – The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of David Warner, HCC vice president of academic affairs and student services, to serve as the interim president when current President Guy Altieri retires on December 31. Warner will serve in that role until a replacement is named, later in 2018.
“The Board is pleased that Dr. Warner has accepted the role of interim president, beginning January 1, 2018, while the college conducts a nationwide search for the college's next president,” said Austin Abraham, HCC board chair. “Dr. Warner's extensive experience at HCC, including most recently as vice president, and his experience as the executive director of USMH will serve the college well during this transition period.”
Abraham also announced that the board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees to assist with the presidential search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support with the development of the presidential profile, recruiting highly competitive candidates, and working with the board of trustees. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches nationwide.
An essential step in the presidential search process is the development of a presidential profile. On Tuesday, December 5, HCC will host a series of public forums to provide an opportunity for the college community and the public to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications desired for the next president, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing HCC in the years to come.
The board is working to finalize the membership of the Presidential Search Screening Committee. The group will be chaired by longtime HCC trustee Carolyn Brooks, who has been on the board since 1993 and served as vice-chair for nine years and chair for three years. The committee will consist of two additional trustees, Greg Snook and John Williamson; two faculty members; two administrators; one non-exempt staff member; one HCC Foundation member; one Washington County Chamber of Commerce member; one Washington County Public Schools representative; and one representative from Washington County government. The screening committee will review applications, interview semifinalist candidates, and forward the names of the final candidates to the board of trustees.
Warner has nearly 25 years of experience at HCC. He served as a faculty member from 1986 to 2000, division chair from 2000 to 2003, director of instruction from 2003 to 2004, and has been a vice president since 2011. He served as the executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown from 2004 to 2011. He holds a doctoral degree in community college education from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from Towson University, and a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University.
Altieri has served as HCC’s third president since 2002, following Norman Shea who served from 1986 to 2002, and Atlee Kepler who was the college’s first president, from 1961 to 1986.
Information about the presidential search process, selection committee, and timeline will be posted on HCC’s website (www.hagerstowncc.edu) in December.