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CEOs on the move

Debra McCurdy has been named the next president of Baltimore City Community College. She will begin in the spring semester. For the past 11 years, she served as president of Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio. McCurdy oversaw the transformation of the college as it expanded its programs to include associate of arts and associate of science degrees. It also expanded its reach into the region through distance and online programs and developed a manufacturing consortium to provide skill enhancement and training to serve 26 companies. Bringing a strategic vision for program development and growth, McCurdy was instrumental in the college receiving nearly $25 million in grants and external funding and maintaining fiscal stability. Previously, McCurdy served for nine years as provost and chief operating officer for the Dunwoody Campus at Georgia Perimeter College, and for seven years as assistant and associate provost at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta.

Kudos

Timothy Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College in Washington, has received the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations’ (NCMPR) 2018 Pacesetter of the Year award for District 7. The award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in college communications and marketing. It is awarded annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts, who are nominees for the national award that will be given this spring.

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