Presidential Search

Welcome to Frederick Community College! The board of trustees has announced the search for a new president, partnering with R.H. Perry & Associates. Whether you are a candidate for the position or a stakeholder at the college, this page will be the main vehicle for disseminating information. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Presidential Profile

The target date for applications is Friday, January 17, 2014.
Thank you for your interest in the position. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact:
Elizabeth (Liz) Rocklin, Senior Consultant, at 703-743-2273 or 202-302-7541 (cell).
Or Mary Ellen Duncan, Senior Consultant, at 410-274-4031.

Presidential Profile

Click here for a printable version of the Presidential Profile.


The next President of Frederick Community College will have the opportunity to build on the 56 years of accomplishments of previous presidents. The mission statement is the College’s guiding principle: “With teaching and learning as our primary focus, FCC prepares an increasingly diverse student body to complete their goals of workforce preparation, transfer, career development and personal enrichment with quality and innovative learning. In traditional and alternative learning environment, we anticipate and respond to the needs of our local, regional, and global communities.”
The Board of Trustees is committed to move the College forward, serve the learning needs of the students and community, work in partnership with the local business community, continue and expand relationships with the high schools to increase dual enrollment, promote programs and services to all citizens, and inform the community about the many positive accomplishments of the College.

Economic growth continues in the areas of healthcare, bio-tech, and other technology-based fields. The College is adjacent to Fort Detrick, a major military installation, and the Federal National Laboratory for Cancer Research, providing opportunities for substantial future relationships. FCC is in a growing area of Maryland and has outstanding support from the community and local officials.

The College is building on its successful relationships with area high schools, serving 60 percent of those students who move on to colleges and universities. The College collaborates with local peer institutions Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University. In addition, plans are underway for a Higher Education Center in Frederick that will offer graduate degrees.

Living in Frederick County provides the advantage of a vibrant downtown Frederick City and remarkably beautiful sur- roundings.  The county is located between two major cities: Baltimore, Md., and Washington, DC. The growing popula- tion is diverse. Maryland and Frederick County have demonstrated a continuing financial commitment to education as evidenced by Maryland’s ranking as the number one state for public education. National Teacher of the Year Michelle Schearer is with Frederick County Public Schools.


The next President of Frederick Community College will have evidence of success in these and/or comparable areas. As the leader and manager of the College, she or he will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to the College’s mission.

  • Partner with the Board of Trustees to develop a strategic plan focused on student access and success; collaborate with faculty and staff to articulate a strategic vision to prepare the College for the future.

  • Be responsive to a diverse community; understand the needs of a diverse student body including international students; support faculty and staff diversity; be committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

  • Develop working relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials to continue support of the college’s students; work cooperatively with the other 15 Maryland community college presidents to advocate for state students; support.

  • Manage the operating and capital budget based on the mission, vision, and values of the College; create an understanding of budget issues to employees; identify innovative ways to deploy existing budget to achieve more value and improved outcomes.

  • Encourage and support the professional development of employees, keeping the College focused on student success strategies.

  • Be visible and accessible, a listener and responder, and an effective internal and external communicator.

  • Continue and expand community, business, and educational relationships; respond to the workplace needs and support the vibrant local and regional economies.

  • Aggressively pursue additional sources of funds: grants, private donations, partnerships and entrepreneurial endeavors which yield resources; build on the current endowment.

  • Support shared governance across all affinity groups within the environment of a Learning College and employ cross-functional thinking and actions to reach goals and objectives.

  • Develop transparent approaches to decision-making based on learning all sides of the issues; use accurate data; conduct open communication with all stakeholders.

  • Acknowledge the accomplishments of administrators, faculty, staff and students.

  • Apply technology effectively to achieve administrative efficiency and improved student success.

  • Improve and align processes and procedures to facilitate more effective results.

  • Build a cooperative and effective executive team capable of working with internal and external stakeholders.

The Board of Trustees seeks a President who is innovative and forward looking, a person dedicated to academic excel- lence and committed to Frederick Community College for the long term. The Board seeks a President who embraces its resolve to making FCC one of the best community colleges in the nation. She/he will have demonstrated success as an advocate for the College at the local, state, and federal level.

The next President will be proactive in moving FCC forward in academic and workforce programs and courses, in student retention and completion, in the utilization of technology in academic and systematic processes, and in the professional development of faculty and staff. Idealy, the President will have demonstrated the following in his or her career:
  • Expertise working with the Board Policy Governance Model.

  • Experience in leadership, senior administration and management, preferably at a community college.

  • Engagement of students, faculty, staff, and administrators to share their creativity, innovations, and proactive changes to facilitate growth and improvements.

  • Expedient action to move a college forward and insightful flexibility; demonstrated awareness of the evolving macro environment; creation of a vision and strategic plan to effectively respond to changes by working with the Board and other stakeholders.

  • Successful fundraising by reaching out to alumni, corporate sector, and private donors.

  • Effective communication skills using different methods and technologies demonstrated by careful listening and articulation of the college's mission to internal and external audiences; motivational skills that lead audiences to support and implement a college's mission, values, and vision.

  • Successful experience creating and managing operational and capital budgets, fairly and transparently.

  • Advocacy for college support from local, state and federal legislators; a collaborative style with other presidents in his/her state to improve support for community colleges.

  • Experience in reducing barriers to student success, such as policies, costs, and personal barriers.

  • An earned terminal degree (PhD, Ed.D, DMgt, J.D.) from a regionally accredited institution is preferred;

  • teaching experience is preferred.

Contact Information

Elizabeth (Liz) Rocklin
Senior Consultant
Telephone: 703-743-2273
Mobile: 202-302-7541

Mary Ellen Duncan
Senior Consultant
Telephone: 410-274-4031

2607 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008