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John Carroll School names president

Richard O'Hara recently was named president of John Carroll School in Bel Air.

The addition of the position of school president marks a change in the administrative structure of school.

Because of the growth of the school, O'Hara's appointment was deemed necessary by the board of trustees.

O'Hara, a native of Wilmington, Del., earned his bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish at Williams College. He earned a master's degree in secondary education administration at the University of Virginia.

Before coming to John Carroll, O'Hara held positions including director of college counseling at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, head of high school division of the University School in Nashville, Tenn., and, most recently, head of Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio.

Paul Barker, who is in his sixth year as principal of John Carroll, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school and will report to O'Hara.

O'Hara will start July 1.

Friends School sets adolescence lectures

The Harford Friends School, in conjunction with Goucher College's Graduate Programs in Education will offer interactive lectures on preadolescent academic, social and emotional development.

Parents and teachers of current or soon-to-be middle school students are encouraged to attend the programs to learn more about life with middle school children.

A lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Jarrettsville library branch, 3722 Norrisville Road, Whitehall.

The final lecture will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at Advent Lutheran Elementary School in Forest Hill.

A question-and-answer session will conclude the hourlong program.

Information: 410.457.5099.

School considers a name change

Cecil Community College is considering changing its name to Cecil College.

The board of trustees is considering making a formal request to the Maryland Higher Education Commission this spring that could be completed by early summer.

Cecil offers more than 50 degrees that transfer to four-year institutions and 37 career and certificate programs. Cecil's expansion of programs, partnerships with four-year institutions, and a desire to make baccalaureate degrees accessible in the county prompted the discussions.

Five of Maryland's 16 community colleges have removed "community" from their names: Allegany College of Maryland, Chesapeake College, College of Southern Maryland, Garrett College, and Montgomery College.

Five honored with state PRIDE award

Ice skating star and Harford native Kimmie Meissner recently was named among the 2007 honorees of the Maryland State Department of Education's PRIDE: Maryland Public Schools program.

The initiative recognizes outstanding accomplishments made by people who attend and work with Maryland public schools.

Five honorees were recognized in an assembly at Fallston High School, where Meissner is a senior.

The honorees, who will be featured in public service announcements throughout the year, also included Bria Smith, an Easton High graduate studying computer science at the University of Maryland; Sam Macer, a parent volunteer at Woodlawn Middle; Jerry DeGrange, Brunswick Elementary principal; and Dr. Charles Christian, a Coppin State University professor.

The program is a collaboration between Comcast and the State Department of Education.

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