In a special session of Harford Community College's board of trustees, W. Stephen Pannill was named Tuesday as interim president of the college, effective Aug. 15.
Mr. Pannill, the college's vice president of administration and finance, will take the reins from Richard J. Pappas, who is leaving the college after five years to become president of Lake Michigan College, a community college in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Trustees Chairman Leland C. Sanborn noted in a vote of confidence that Mr. Pannill has "survived three presidents so far."
Dr. Pappas, at his last board meeting as president, also supported Mr. Pannill's appointment, saying, "He'll do an
outstanding job for this institution."
Mr. Pannill, who has worked at the college for 15 years, told the board that he has no interest in pursuing the permanent presidency.
"I will continue to move the institution forward" while the trustees conduct a nationwide search for a new leader, he said.
The board is working with a 14-member search advisory committee that includes trustees, faculty members, administrators, a student representative and a consultant, the Association of Community College Trustees, to find a new president. It hopes to make a decision by December and have a new president in place by the middle of January, when the spring semester begins.
During his tenure as interim president, Mr. Pannill, who earns $70,573 a year, will be paid an additional $1,000 a month.
The Baltimore County native, who has a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University, lives in Bel Air with his wife and two children.
A temporary replacement to fill Mr. Pannill's post as vice president of administration and finance is expected to be named at the board of trustees' Aug. 25 meeting.
In other action Tuesday, the board re-elected Mr. Sanborn as board chairman and Patricia A. Perluke as vice chairwoman. They will hold the posts for another year.
Also, a formal portrait of Dr. Pappas was unveiled. The photograph by Todd Holden will be placed in the board room in the college's Chesapeake Center.
Dr. Pappas ended the meeting by praising the trustees. "Let me thank the board," he said. "I think it is the best board in the country. The next president and interim president will be lucky to work with you."