James Ball

James Ball (Photo courtesy Carroll Community College / May 15, 2014)

The Carroll Community College Board of Trustees announced Thursday that it has appointed James Ball to serve as president of the college beginning July 1.

Ball, currently vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and dean of the faculty at Carroll, is succeeding Faye Pappalardo, who will retire June 30 after 15 years as president.

"The Board of Trustees wishes to congratulate Dr. Ball on his appointment," Trustees Chairman David Bollinger said in a statement. "He possesses all of the experience and leadership characteristics required of a college president. His vision for the college and performance excellence, along with his integrity and strong interpersonal skills, make him best-suited for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the college."

Ball has served in his current position at the college since 1999.

In a statement, Ball said he welcomes the opportunity to continue to grow and develop the college as a "premiere source of higher education in the county."

"I am passionately committed to the community college mission, to student success and to continuous improvement in those endeavors," he said. "I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and the community as the new president of the college."