Howard Community College's new vice president and dean of instruction, an educator from Georgia, is expected to begin work at the Columbia campus on April 15.

Carol C. Copenhaver, 44, is currently district associate dean of instruction at DeKalb College in Atlanta.


The community college's Board of Trustees approved Copenhaver's appointment two weeks ago. She will replace Peter C. Ku, who resigned in August 1990 to become president of North Seattle Community Collegein Washington state.

A nationwide search produced 137 applicants for the post, Randall R. Bengfort, HCC public relations officer, reported. The new dean will be paid $70,000 a year.


Copenhaver said she was attracted to HCC by the reputation of its educational program. "It has a reputation on the entire East Coast for being very innovative, state-of-the art," she said.

Copenhaver "is obviously student-and people-oriented," said Susan H. Frankel, associate professor of communications and head of a 10-member faculty, administration and student committee which selected finalists for the post. The final selection was made by HCC President Dwight A. Burrill.

Frankel said HCC representatives who toured DeKalb College found that "Everyone justhad wonderful things to say about her as a leader and about her competence and ability to bring people together."

Frankel said she wasimpressed that Copenhaver continued to teach after moving into education administration. The associate dean taught computer science in DeKalb college's continuing education department.

Copenhaver has been at DeKalb, a two-year college with 14,000 students on three campuses and two off-campus centers, since 1987. She was hired as associate dean of the central campus and become district associate dean of instruction in 1988, supervising the college's academic program.

Before coming to DeKalb, Copenhaver was assistant vice president for education and student services at St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida. She went to St. Petersburg in 1973, and taught for eight years before moving into administration.

"Carol is very open, has a good sense of humor and is very articulate," said Martha Nesbitt, vice president for academic affairs at DeKalb, who was Copenhaver's supervisor. "We really hate to see her go. She has been a tremendous asset to this college."

At HCC, Copenhaver will be responsible for supervisingthe academic program and recommending changes in course offerings.


A native of Virginia, Copenhaver graduated in 1968 from the Collegeof William & Mary in Williamsburg. She received a master's degree inbusiness administration in 1971 and a doctorate in higher education administration in 1986 from the University of Florida.

The new dean said she didn't want to say what she hopes to accomplish at HCC until she is more familiar with the college. Her first task will be to find a place to live, she said.

Copenhaver has one son, a college student in Florida.