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Kilgus appointed Chesapeake College vice president

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007


WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College, hoping to hire an experienced administrator with a community college background as vice president for administrative services, achieved its goal with its hiring of Garrett College Dean of Administration Mike Kilgus.

"Mike has a wealth of experience in all the key areas this position supervises, including budget management, financial planning, human resources, plant maintenance, and capital projects," said Chesapeake College President Stuart Bounds. "Equally important, he understands how community colleges operate in Maryland and is comfortable with our shared governance philosophy that emphasizes service to students."

Kilgus replaces Dr. Barbara Houchen, who retired as vice president for administrative services in March. Dr. Houchen´s seven-year tenure was marked by an ambitious building and renovation program, which is expected to continue as the college implements its new 10-year master plan.

Kilgus said he is "genuinely excited about becoming a member of the Chesapeake College community."

It´s a good fit for me," said Kilgus. "There are a lot of things that interest me about Chesapeake. I especially like the five-county structure and the strong support the college receives from the community.

"The College seems very involved in supporting community-related activities and promoting economic development," added Kilgus. "This is very similar to how Garrett operates. We´re one of the hubs of the county, and Chesapeake appears to be one of the hubs of the Upper Shore."

Kilgus, who will officially join Chesapeake College on May 21st, is currently completing a term as president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges Business Officers and previously served as vice president of that statewide affinity group. He also serves regularly on Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Teams, having participated in seven accreditation visits since 2000.

"Mike is highly respected at the statewide and regional level for his work at Garrett," said Dr. Bounds, who recently chaired a Middle States accreditation team which included Kilgus as a member.

"I´ve definitely made it a priority to be active on a statewide level," said Kilgus. "This kind of involvement is critical for an institution like Garrett since we are so far removed from the political center and the population center of the state. It´s been a way to keep us connected with what´s going on statewide."

Kilgus, who joined Garrett as dean of administration in 1999, took lead roles in the development of Garrett´s strategic plans, facility master plans, and annual budgets. Kilgus also managed more than $40 million of new construction, including a new learning resource center, athletic and recreation center, and residence hall in addition to numerous renovation projects.

Prior to his appointment at Garrett, Kilgus´ career had been spent in the private sector. He held various administrative positions at MCIWorldCom and as a senior financial analyst with multiple organizations.

Kilgus holds both undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Marketing) and graduate (Master of Business Administration) degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His MBA includes a concentration in finance and accounting.

Kilgus and his family plan to reside in Easton.


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