Conn. educator named Essex head Community college's new president chosen from 60-candidate pool


A Connecticut community college president has been named to head Essex Community College, replacing Donald J. Slowinski, who is retiring after 28 years with the school, college officials announced yesterday.

The board of trustees for Baltimore County's three community colleges appointed Dr. Leila Gonzalez Sullivan, president of Middlesex Community-Technical College in Middletown, as president of the 10,000-student college in Essex. The action was taken Tuesday night.

Sullivan, who begins her job Sept. 1, has worked for Connecticut's community-technical college system since 1989. She is on leave from Middlesex and filling in as interim president of Gateway Community-Technical College in New Haven, where the president left unexpectedly, Essex officials said.

"The community colleges of Baltimore County will benefit from Dr. Sullivan's extensive experience in leadership and administration," said Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, the county's community college system chancellor. "She brings commitment to students and faculty, dedication to community relations and experience in system collaboration."

She was chosen from a national pool of more than 60 candidates.

Before Middlesex, Sullivan was vice president for academic affairs at Hudson Community College in Jersey City, N.J. From 1984 to 1986, she was associate dean for instructional and community services at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.

"I'm delighted," Sullivan said. "My recent visit to Essex Community College convinced me that the college has a bright future to which I can contribute as a colleague and leader."

Penny Bloom, Essex dean of students, will be interim president from June 30, when Slowinski retires, until September.

Slowinski, president since 1991, came to Essex in 1968 as associate dean of instruction. He was appointed dean of students in 1988.

Pub Date: 6/20/96

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