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Viniar to be inaugurated at Chesapeake College

Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009

WYE MILLS – Dr. Barbara A. Viniar will be inaugurated as the fifth president of Chesapeake College on March 27.

"In the year since I was selected for this position, I have had the opportunity to get to know the students, faculty and staff of the college, as well as people throughout our five counties. They have made me feel welcome and proud to be a part of this community," Dr. Viniar said. "The inaugural ceremony and the week’s events are an opportunity for us all to reflect on the history and accomplishments of Chesapeake College and to commit to meeting the challenges ahead."

In celebration of the inauguration, Chesapeake College has a full slate of public events planned for the last week in March.

Monday, March 23, 9:30 a.m., Todd Performing Arts Center
Sustainability Roundtable with keynote speaker, USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan.
A luncheon "The View from the Federal Level" will follow at 12:30 p.m. The summit is free, but tickets for the luncheon are $20.

Tuesday, March 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Chesapeake College Cambridge Center
Open House
Meet the new president of Chesapeake College and provide your input regarding the new Cambridge Center location during this open reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Todd Performing Arts Center
"A Conversation with Women Who Lead"
A panel discussion featuring Susan Sygall, founder of Mobility International; Rev. Allison Stokes, founder of the Women’s Interfaith Institute; Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of Cambridge and Karen Harris Oertel, owner of Harris Crab House.

Friday, March 27, 10 a.m., Todd Performing Arts Center
Inauguration Ceremony for President Barbara A. Viniar
Reception to follow in the Caroline College Center. For more information, please call Anita Simpson at 410-827-5802 or e-mail

Dr. Viniar previously served as executive director for the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University. She became the first woman president in the regional community college’s 43-year history when she took office in July.

Dr. Viniar, who previously served as president of Berkshire (Mass.) Community College, succeeded Dr. Stuart M. Bounds as president.

Prior to becoming Berkshire’s president, Dr. Viniar spent 17 years at Rockland (N.Y.) Community College. She served in a variety of roles, starting as assistant director for the College of Public Service, moving up to assistant dean, associate dean and dean of instructional and community services, and finishing as vice president for institutional advancement.


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