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Chesapeake College's Myers elected president of Maryland Association of Community Colleges

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005

Chesapeake College Board of Trustees Chair Margaret Myers, shown above addressing the Class of 2005 at last month´s commencement exercises, has been elected president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. 

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Association of Community Colleges exemplifies what can be accomplished through group action, according to the association's new president.

"MACC is a great example of how much more can be accomplished when organizations work together for common goals rather than everyone working separately," said Chesapeake College Board of Trustees Chair Margaret Myers, who was selected last Friday as MACC's new president.

Myers, who just completed a term as MACC's treasurer, said the association's work as an advocacy organization for Maryland's community colleges has made a real difference. She sees her main role as organizing the efforts of the association's board, which is comprised of the president and a trustee from each of the state's 16 community colleges.

"I think just being able to run a meeting is helpful," said Myers, a Denton resident who was president of the Caroline County Commissioners from 1990 to 1998. "The people involved with this board – the community college presidents and trustees – are all very busy people. I hope to continue MACC's tradition of getting our board members together and making the meeting time fruitful and not too lengthy."

Myers, the first Chesapeake College trustee selected as the organization's president, said state community colleges learned a valuable lesson as a result of forming MACC in 1992.

"When the community colleges formed MACC they found out there really was strength in numbers," said Myers, who is also treasurer of the Caroline County Friends of the Public Library. "Working together toward a common goal is much more efficient than everyone going off working separately while trying to accomplish the same thing."

Myers has been on the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees since 2000, and its chair since 2002. A 1998 graduate of Shore Leadership, she also serves as a member of the Choptank Community Health System Board of Directors.

Chesapeake College President Stuart M. Bounds said Myers' selection is a testament to her hard work during four years as a member of the MACC board.

"Margaret has really immersed herself in the work of the board," said Dr. Bounds. "I know she will provide MACC with strong leadership in her new role. Equally important, Margaret will bring to MACC her perspective and experience as a county commissioner. That political experience will help bolster MACC's strong relationship with county and state government, the two key funding partners for community colleges."

While Myers is accustomed to serving in leadership roles, she said "being chosen to lead an organization of 16 community colleges is certainly a challenge." Myers, however, said she has plenty of available resources in her new position.

"MACC has a very good executive director (Dr. Clay Whitlow) and a very good staff," said Myers. "The college presidents and college staffs are good resources, too. It's truly a joint effort to make community colleges the best that they can be."

Dr. Whitlow said he expects Myers to provide MACC with strong leadership.

"Margaret is well-respected for her work on our executive board," said Dr. Whitlow. "She has played a key role in helping MACC develop and execute a strategic direction for Maryland community colleges."

Myers said one of her goals is to continue the trend toward developing a greater connection between MACC and the members of the boards of trustees of all Maryland community colleges.

"We started under the previous president (Dr. Patrick Huddie) to have chairs of our colleges' boards meet twice a year, which they really appreciated," said Myers. "MACC has a wonderful website and several people on staff who are really quite good at communications. I'd like to work to enhance that connection between the college trustees and MACC."


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