WESTMINSTER - James P. Bruns has joined the staff of Carroll Community College as the new director of instruction.

He comes to CCC from the social science division of Dundalk Community College, where, as chairman, he was responsible for implementing all credit and non-credit courses for the department, as well as developing career programs in labor studies, early childhood education, special education and chemical dependency counseling.

He also developed a contract with the State Human Resources Division to train public assistance workers and instituted Dundalk's first coordinated effort in working with business and industry.

His responsibilities at Carroll will include administering instructional programs, budget management and faculty coordination.

Bruns said he applied for the position because his background in building new programs and creating new ventures at other colleges has given him the experience necessary to further develop curriculum for "a young, dynamic college, which is just beginning to grow. I am excited to be here. So many opportunities await."

He added that his first goals are to get a sense of community and talk to faculty members.

Bruns had a bachelor's degree in education and a masters of arts in teaching from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a doctorate in social science with a cognate in curriculum and instruction from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

He and his wife, Janice, reside in Monkton, Baltimore County, but one day hope to move to Carroll County.

"I am originally from a farm background," Bruns said. "And Carroll County is like coming home again."

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