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Urry Named Head of Higher Education Center

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005


WYE MILLS - Deborah Harrison Urry, an Easton resident, has been named the first executive director of the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (HEC), located on the campus of Chesapeake College

Since opening three years ago, the center has been under the direction of Chesapeake´s vice president for academic services. The original plan for the HEC included a director, but the money was not available until this year, when the state appropriated funds for the position

The new director will be responsible for daily operation of the center and will act as a liaison for the participating institutions. Currently, Salisbury University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Washington College offer programs at the HEC. The center – the only one on the Eastern Shore – is one of six such facilities in Maryland.

A graduate of Chesapeake College, Urry worked for the Talbot County Public Schools since 1992. Most recently, she was the system´s coordinator of career and technology, foreign language and service learning. Debbie earned a bachelor´s degree at Tarkio College in Missouri and a master´s degree in education administration from Salisbury University.

"I´m so glad to be coming home to Chesapeake! I enjoyed being a student at Chesapeake and I´ve always thought that working at the college would be wonderful. This is the perfect opportunity for me and I look forward to working with the Chesapeake faculty and staff," Urry said upon starting her new job this month.

She added that she also looks forward to working with the partner institutions and the local business community.


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